22 May 2013, BioSpectrum Bureau , BioSpectrum
Singapore: A new study conducted by the Center for Chemical Regulation & Food Safety, which is part of US-based firm Exponent, has found that frequency of candy consumption is not associated with weight or certain adverse health risks. The study has been published in the April 30th issue of Nutrition Journal.
Frequency of candy consumption was based on analyses of food frequency questionnaires and data from the 2003-06 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which is the most recent data set in which these food frequency questionnaires of more than 5,000 US adults aged 19 and older were available.
The study showed that adults who consumed candy every other day are no more likely to be overweight nor have greater risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) than moderate consumers (about once a week) or even less frequent candy eaters (less than three times per month). This study found that frequency of candy consumption was not associated with the risk of obesity, using objective measures such as body mass index (BMI), waist circumference and skinfold thickness. Additionally, frequency of candy consumption was not associated with markers of cardiovascular disease risk including blood pressure, LDL and HDL cholesterol, triglycerides and insulin resistance.
The study certainly doesn't provide evidence that candy can be consumed without limits. However, these results suggest that most people are treating themselves to candy without increasing their risk of obesity or cardiovascular disease.
Dr Mary M Murphy, lead author of the study, said that, "We did not find an association between frequency of candy intake and BMI or cardiovascular risk factors among adults."