By now, it's common knowledge that cutting added sugar means improved health, especially when it comes to children. In recent years, the campaign against sugar—and sugary beverages in particular—has quickly become the backbone of the fight against childhood obesity. But, are all sugary foods created equal? One new study suggests when it comes to early obesity, candy might not be the culprit.
A new study, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, aimed to test the association between American children's candy and obesity and its related diseases. The authors pooled 11 recent studies that focused on the relationship between candy and overweight kids and teens, resulting in a test group of nearly 180,000.
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Contrary to the researchers'—and our own—expectations, their analysis of the data found that the children who ate the most chocolate and candy tended to be slimmer. In fact, in the kids who reportedly consumed the highest amount of chocolate and candy, the odds of being overweight or obese were 18 percent lower.