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Yes, the study was funded by candy makers, but…
… the NHANES data is available for anyone to confirm/debunk.
The media release is below.
New study suggests candy consumption frequency not linked to obesity or heart disease
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 20, 2013 – At a time when the spotlight is focused on obesity more than ever, new research suggests that frequency of candy consumption is not associated with weight or certain adverse health risks. According to a recent data analysis published in the April 30th issue of Nutrition Journal, adults who consume candy at least every other day are no more likely to be overweight nor have greater risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) than moderate consumers (about once a week) or even less frequent candy eaters (less than 3 times per month).1
Almost all adults (96%) reported eating candy, but there is variability in frequency and quantity consumed at a given time. Previous research has shown that candy consumers are not more likely to be overweight or have greater risk factors for chronic disease than non-consumers of candy. 2 This research showed that even the consumers who reported eating the most candy on a given day were not more likely to be at risk for increased weight or disease. Such findings were surprising and required further investigation which this new study set out to do, delving into the role of usual frequency of candy consumption and health/weight outcomes.
This study found that frequency of candy consumption was not associated with the risk of obesity, using objective measures such as BMI, waist circumference and skinfold thickness. Additionally, frequency of candy consumption was not associated with markers of cardiovascular disease risk including blood pressure, LDL- and HDL-cholesterol, triglycerides and insulin resistance. Frequency of candy consumption was based on analyses of food frequency questionnaires and data from the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) – the most recent data set in which these food frequency questionnaires were available – of more than 5,000 U.S. adults ages 19 and older.
“We did not find an association between frequency of candy intake and BMI or cardiovascular risk factors among adults,” notes lead author Mary M. Murphy, MS, RD of Exponent®, Inc., Center for Chemical Regulation & Food Safety.
The study certainly doesn’t provide evidence that candy can be consumed without limits. However, these results suggest that most people are treating themselves to candy without increasing their risk of obesity or cardiovascular disease. More research is needed to further understand the role candy plays in life and the best tips for candy lovers to include their favorite treats as a part of a happy healthy lifestyle.
Candy’s Contribution to Total Calories, Sugar and Saturated Fat is small
According to the National Cancer Institute’s analysis of NHANES 05-06 data (same timeframe as this study), candy contributed an estimated 44 calories per day, or only about 2% of the total caloric intake of an average adult.3
In addition, candy accounted for slightly more than one teaspoon of added sugars (approximately 5 g) or 20 kcal in the diets of adults on a daily basis,4 which corresponds to a fraction of the 100-150 calorie upper limit of added sugars recommended by the American Heart Association.5 By comparison the top three dietary sources of added sugars for adults – sugary drinks, grain-based desserts, and sweetened fruit drinks – account for approximately 60% of the total added sugars intake.
Furthermore, data from the National Cancer Institute’s analysis of NHANES 05-06 indicate that candy accounted for only 3.1% of the total saturated fat intake by the US population aged 2 years, or slightly less than 1 g based on a total saturated fat intake of 27.8 g/day.
“There is a place for little pleasures, such as candy, in life. A little treat in moderation can have a positive impact on mood and satisfaction, and as emerging research suggests, minimal impact on diet and health risk,” said Laura Shumow, MHS, Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, National Confectioners Association.
“So lighten up, already. We’re all for reducing obesity, reining in health care costs and prudent spending of taxpayer dollars. But we don’t think the government needs to micromanage the grocery shopping habits of its citizens.” Continue reading
Food Police chief says ‘corporate power’ stops FDA from banning salt, sugar, fat; Guess what — CSPI is a $17 million ‘corporation’!
So it wouldn’t be “corporate power” if Michael Jacobson’s Center for Science in the Public Interest was successful in pressuring the FDA to make food taste worse? Continue reading
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The Wheel of Fortune host is a fan of JunkScience.com. Continue reading
Although New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s notorious limit on the size of sugary drinks was struck down on March 11th, proponents of the Nanny State are not backing off. Far from it… Continue reading
“Calories-in = calories-out” is yet another food myth. Continue reading
Food Nanny Scheme: Anti-salt activists favor stealth removal of salt from foods; Want to ‘change’ your taste
“We think it best to continue to reduce salt in food without drawing attention to it. because we are reducing salt across the board, tastes are changing.” Continue reading
Low salt campaign backfires: Study reports rise in sodium intake despite warnings; Low-salt linked with obesity?
Less salt means people eat more food. Continue reading
Illinois Congressman introduces bill to curb CDC-funded propaganda against politically incorrect foods and beverages
It’s called the “Stopping Taxpayer Outlays for Propaganda Act” (STOP Act). Continue reading
This man wants to lecture you on food and obesity — Yale’s Kelly Brownell: How many meals has he missed?
Not too many from the looks of it. Continue reading
Study: Bloomberg soda ban would backfire; UC-San Diego researchers say ‘people buy more soda when offered packs of smaller sizes than if buying single large drink’
“Restricting soda servings may induce people to buy more soda than when offered larger sized drinks.” Continue reading
Food nannies claim ‘obesogenic environments’ are more important than genetics, exercise; ‘Prospect of self control fairly grim in these environments’
The food nannies do not intend to let the food industry get away with saying that child weight problems are due to lack of exercise. Continue reading
Food Nanny Marion Nestle: Regulation necessary to safeguard students from soda — RealityDrop; Soda industry voluntarily removed sodas from schools in 2006
The title of Marion Nestle’s next book is rumored to be: “Goose Step Your Kids to Fitness.” Continue reading
Study: Cuban food and fuel shortages from 1980-2010 produced modest population wide-weight loss and reduced T2 diabetes, heart disease
This is based on 4 surveys (1991, 1995, 2001 & 2011) of small populations samples (1657, 1351, 1667 and 1492 adults) — an obviously silly way of estimating population-wide weight change, and then attributing it to changes in living standards, especially in Cuba. Worsening living conditions have never made any population “healthier.” Continue reading