There is a new study, paid for by the National Confectioners Association that states that:
1.) “Frequency of candy consumption was not associated with the risk of obesity, overweight/obesity, elevated waist circumference, elevated skinfold thickness, blood pressure, low density lipoprotein (LDL) or high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, triglycerides, or insulin resistance.”
2.) “Increased frequency of candy consumption among adults in the United States was not associated with objective measures of adiposity or select cardiovascular risk factors, despite associated dietary differences.”
Come on people!! Don’t get me wrong, personally I LOVE chocolate, but I don’t pretend that it is good for me (even dark chocolate).
We are a society that wants what it wants and doesn’t want any consequences. I want to eat candy and I don’t want it to be bad for me, and voila! Here is a study that supports that very notion. When looking at research that seems contradictory, the most important thing to consider is, who has paid for the study?
We really can’t blame the National Confectioners Association; they have an economic interest in encouraging people to eat candy. As long as refined sugar and food coloring is legal. Sugar manufacturers have a right to try to sell their products. (Same is true with tobacco, as long as it is a legal product, we can’t fault tobacco companies for selling cigarettes)
But what is clear to me is that we need to take control of our own health by using our own common sense. Does it make sense that candy, (basically 100% sugar with no nutritional value), would NOT be contributing to this country’s overweight epidemic and all its consequences?
Does it make sense that drinking cow’s milk (the hormone laden breast milk of another mammal whose sole purpose is to grow a baby calf to a full sized cow weighing 2 tons in a short period of time) could possibly be a good idea? Feel free to see some of the stats on dairy here.