Candy Isn't A Villain

Here’s news to hide from the kids: People who eat candy tend to weigh less, and to have a lower body-mass index and waistline and decreased risk factors for cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in Nutrition Research.

Researchers looked at published eating pattern data for more than 15,000 adults from 1999 to 2004, examining their candy consumption as well as their caloric and nutrient intake, weight and heart disease risk.

They concluded that candy isn’t a villain—as long as it’s an occasional indulgence and you otherwise maintain a healthy lifestyle, balancing your long-term caloric intake, according to researcher Carol O’Neil at Louisiana State University Agriculture Center.