Eating Candy is Totally Not Bad For You, Says Big Candy

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So what are you waiting for? Eat up! The National Confectioners Association, a trade group representing candy manufacturers, have scientifically proven that eating candies is totally not bad for you and even won't make you fat:

Some findings from the study:

1.) "Frequency of candy consumption was not associated with the risk of obesity, overweight/obesity, elevated waist circumference, elevated skinfold thickness, blood pressure, low density lipoprotein (LDL) or high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, triglycerides, or insulin resistance."

2.) "Increased frequency of candy consumption among adults in the United States was not associated with objective measures of adiposity or select cardiovascular risk factors, despite associated dietary differences."

Sounds legit! Break out the M&Ms! Colin Lecher of PopSci explains: Link

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It doesn't matter what you eat as long as you eat less calories then you burn everyday.

You can eat nothing but snicker bars and cotton candy.... hit the gym and you won't gain an ounce.

Of course you will feel and look like crap though.
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So I read the full study and it's completely skewed as expected. Excessive candy consumption was defined as more than 3.5 candy consumptions per week. The "data" were collected via survey with no indication of what a candy portion consisted of (single lollipop? row of oreo cookies? no telling!) What is telling however is the following quote:
"The ranges within each of the frequency categories were subjectively selected to provide roughly similar proportions of the population in each group while also corresponding to easily interpretable frequencies of consumption over the course of a month or week"
To call this science is a fallacy since there is no room for subjectivity in a scientific study. They essentially cherry picked the data to manipulate the numbers in their favor. They could have easily compared the once a month box of cookie bingers to the frequent small mint candy suckers and shown no difference between the groups. Laughable!!
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