I don’t know about you, but I myself have a sweet tooth!
If there is something that warms the soul, it’s crawling up on the sofa under a warm blanket, and having a big bag of sweets. I get a little excited just thinking about it.
I prefer a mix of everything when it comes to candy. Chocolate is clearly a favorite, but anything sweet, sour and salty is just as welcomed. A bit of each is usually the perfect combination, and although I mainly do this only on weekends, I think it’s something that’s needed every now and then.
More importantly, a new study suggests that there’s also nothing to worry about!
A study from Louisiana State University came to the unexpected conclusion that people with a sweet tooth tend to have a narrower waist, weigh less and have a lower body mass index than those who don’t, according to LiveScience.
No magical diet
Therefore, according to the report, chocolate and candy lovers have a 14 percent lower risk of elevated blood pressure, and a 15 percent decreased risk of having metabolic syndrome — a collection of symptoms that put people at risk for heart disease and stroke.
However, eating candy does not help to lose weight. According to the researchers, these unexpected results mean that people who regularly eat sweets, exercise more to compensate for their calorie intake.
They are smarter in health, simply put — and more aware of what the body needs to feel good.
“Everything is bad in excess”
Carol O’Neil, who worked in the study, said that 15,000 people took part in the survey. On average, they ate little candy — just over 38 grams a day. And as long as the sugar intake is that low, there is no direct harm to the body, says Katherine Tallmadge, a dietitian, and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.
“Candy can cause health problems if consumed in excess,” she says according to LiveScience.
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