Cleveland, OH — Although adults with a higher frequency of candy consumption have diets with a greater intake of calories, carbohydrates, sugar and fat, candy consumption frequency is not associated with a risk of being overweight or obese or an increased BMI, a study in Nutrition Journal found.
Candy only accounts for slightly more than a teaspoon of added sugars of 20 calories in the daily diets of the 5,800 adults over the age of 19 surveyed. Instead, sugary drinks, grain-based desserts and sweetened fruit drinks make up 60 percent of the total intake of added sugars, the study shows.
Less than half of adults over the age of 19 are classified as infrequent candy consumers and approximately 10 percent of this population reports never consuming candy. Only two percent say they eat candy on two or more occasions per day and 93 percent report having consumed chocolate, while 87 percent say they have consumed other candy at least once in the past year.
Increased candy consumption was associated with youth, non-Hispanic whites with educations beyond high school and higher incomes. Mexican Americans, non-Hispanic blacks and other races with less than a high school education were less frequent consumers.