According to a study in Nutrition Research, “candy consumption was not associated with body weight measures, risk factors for cardiovascular disease, or metabolic syndrome” in a sample of over 15,000 adults. In fact, some health markers like BMI and waist circumference were lower in people who eat candy than people who don’t.
The National Confectioners’ Association loves this, of course. Check out their quote at the bottom of this press release: “Candy is a unique treat that can provide moments of joy and happiness. Consumers should feel confident that candy, consumed in moderation within a diet balanced with regular physical activity, can be part of a healthy, happy lifestyle.”