Sweet temptations ” we often think of these as health bummers, more likely to contribute to weight gain and other sugar-related diseases. But there’s a new found study in town that might raise mom’s eyebrows and leave children with big smiles.
Candies, every kid and adult too, know what these are. Everyone in the family knows this stuff. These sweet colorful treats bring childhood memories. Skittles, M&Ms, Snickers, lollipops and other sweet and colorful candies always create happy smiles to kids’ faces. Sometimes, the colors of the candies are used to bribe them when they get into tantrums. But because of the effects of high levels of sugar in our body, access to these sweet treats has been limited and controlled.
Sugar has been linked with obesity and diabetes, and other bitter sweet medical conditions. Parents have been alarmed because of the rising cases of medical disorders associated with sugar consumption. However, a new research study shows how candies are not causing weight gain in children and adolescents. But hold your horses because there might be a bitter twist to it.
The research was done by the people from Louisiana State University who studied the overall effects of different types of sugars, consumption of sweets particularly candies, sugar, fat, and calories in chocolates, and the risks for cardiovascular diseases in children and adolescents. The research team discovered something that would create buzz in the candy world and among health buffs. The study shows that children who consume more candies or sweets have 22% lesser chances of getting to the obesity line or even in weight gain as compared to those who are not candy-eaters. While the adolescents’ study shows a 26% lesser chance of going way beyond their normal weight limit and obesity as compared to the adolescents who are non-candy consumers. This can be a very surprising report, but there’s not enough reason to celebrate as the research went deeper on digging up the negative elements found in candies.
For every sweet turn, there’s a bitter twist to it. While research shows the less likely possibility of being overweight for children who consume more candies, these children’s blood are found to have much lower levels of C-reactive proteins, which aid in inflammatory response. C-reactive protein levels rise when there’s an ongoing inflammatory process in the body, and it is also said to work with the immune system in fighting against growing infections. Thus, the lower C-reactive protein levels found in the children’s blood indicates some inflammation in the body which also proves risks or more likely, chances of developing cardiovascular diseases.
There were no final reports about how candies do not help in weight gain. There’s a possibility that the children who consume candies are possibly able to balance the calories they get from every candy bite and the calories that they release through various activities. One thing’s for sure, the researchers have found the same diet quality in both candy and non-candy eating groups, which are rather poor and unhealthy.
Remember that sweets are supposed to be taken in moderation. Sweets are good, but having too much of it can be bad. This current study is not a sweet pass for children to over indulge on candies, and most especially, take them in place for some nutritional foods. Candies should be treated as special treats, not as regular normal daily habits.