Health & Medical Nutrition

What Do You Really Know About Candy?

Everyone likes candy, and as an occasional treat, it's fun and harmless.
But when people eat candy daily, it's no longer a treat and takes the place of healthy foods.
What's worse? Candy has no nutritional value.
In general, candy is a confection made from concentrated sugar and empty calories.
Flavorings and color usually get added, but most of the time they're artificial.
Some go the extra mile and contain fats and preservatives.
Very few contain any nutrients.
Chocolate is loaded with sugar and fat...
and not just any fat.
A single chocolate bar has 1/5 of your daily recommended total fat and ½ of your saturated fat.
Fruit snacks are because of the colorful fruit on the package.
But most of the time, these candies only contain artificial flavorings.
Candy has a high glycemic load, which means that it causes a spike in blood sugar.
This is well known to diabetics, who often carry candy to counter blood sugar drops.
These blood sugar spikes and drops of blood sugar can lead to insulin resistance, a precursor to Type II Diabetes.
The sugars in candy have been shown to cause tooth decay by directly impacting teeth and feeding the harmful bacteria in the mouth that slowly damage the gums.
Dentists have been warning us for years about the harmful effects that sugars have on our teeth.
I get laugh at some of the newer candies.
Manufacturers are jumping on the health bandwagon and producing what they call healthy candy.
There's no such thing.
Even fat-free, vitamin-fortified, low-fat candies are loaded with sugar.
They are not a replacement of fruits and vegetables.
When kids are exposed to this vast amount of sugar on a regular basis, they not only crave it, but are being denied healthy fruits and vegetables.
They become so used to the concentrated tastes produced artificially, they find the natural sugars of fruits to be lacking.
They will go after the artificially flavored foods that contain high amounts of fats, sugars and calories just to satisfy their cravings.
This is one of the causes of childhood obesity.
Another factor with excessive sugar consumption is the prevalence of ADD in both children and adults.
There is direct evidence that children who eat a lot of sugary foods, like candy, have a higher chance of being diagnosed with ADD.
Most of these children do not have ADD, but are just trying to burn off the excessive amounts of sugars in their bodies.
You know, Halloween is on its way.
Am I saying to hand out apples rather than candy? No, I don't think we should disrupt a holiday tradition, but we can certainly limit its impact.
For parent, limit the amount of candy your kids eat from their bag.
For those who give out, try bags of fresh popcorn, candied fruit or quarters.

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