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Health and Wellness: Treat Right

Candy & Health
  • Icon Body Your Body: You can eat candy and not gain weight—if you eat mindfully and in moderation.
  • Icon Heart Your Heart: Chocolate and all candy can fit into a heart-healthy diet.
  • Icon Mind Your Mind: Candy may have positive effects on your how your mind works.
  • Icon Smile Your Smile: Learn how sweets can affect your sense of well-being and your oral health.
  • Boy with Easter basketModeration Guides: See daily and weekly suggestions for chocolate, jelly beans, hard candies, gum, and more.
  • Meal-Planning Tools: See sample menus with nutritious foods and occasional candies.
Did You Know?

A moderate weekly amount is one to two full-size candy bars—or 30 to 60 gumdrops.

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Health & Wellness Blog Posts

Candy at checkout: what do shoppers think? — April 22, 2014

In a recent survey of American adults, NCA found that 60 percent of shoppers like candy at checkout and only 2 percent say they always buy candy there. Who do you think should decide? Do you like having the option of buying a quick sweet treat when checking out at the grocery store?

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The skinny on calories from candy — April 10, 2014

  That’s right, evidence suggests that candy only comprises around 2.2 percent of the average adult American’s diet. This shows Americans really do know how to treat right and consume candy in moderation by eating less than 50 calories a day from candy. Want to learn more? Visit our website for tips on both daily [...]

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Moderation takes center stage at the Sweets & Snacks Expo — April 08, 2014

The role of candy in a healthful diet will be more noticeable at the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo ranging from education opportunities during a keynote session to tasting panel participation by dieticians. In addition, many of the exhibiting companies are planning new launches with health front-of-mind through portion control packaging and simple ingredient sourcing, among other things. At [...]

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Candy science: where we stand — March 26, 2014

There is a growing body of evidence on candy and well-being. Studies to date show a lack of an association between candy consumption with weight and cardiovascular disease risk factors. Other evidence explains the positive health effects of cocoa flavanols and sugar-free chewing gum, while emerging research suggests that candy may promote happiness. Over the [...]

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