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Nutrition Today:
doi: 10.1097/NT.0000000000000020
Food and Nutrition

Proposing a Definition of Candy in Moderation: For Health and Well-being

Hornick, Betsy MS, RD; Duyff, Roberta L. MS, RD, FADA, CFCS; Murphy, Mary M. MS, RD; Shumow, Laura MS

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Abstract

Advice to practice “moderation” in eating conveys that reasonable amounts of specific foods or beverages can fit into healthful meal patterns. However, interpretation of moderation varies widely between both health professionals and consumers. Evidence suggests that candy can have a place in an overall lifestyle that supports health, wellness, and happiness. Recognizing the importance of managing calories, a proposed definition for consuming candy in moderation offers realistic and practical advice for individuals wishing to include confections within the context of a healthful diet and lifestyle. Quantifying candy in moderation is proposed as a range of up to 50 to 100 calories per day depending on energy needs. This amount falls within dietary guidance from leading health authorities for calories from added sugars and fats. The purpose of this article was to summarize current intakes of candy, examine the potential role of candy in health and well-being, and provide support for a proposed definition of “candy in moderation” for those who choose to consume confections, including chocolates, hard and chewy candy, and chewing gum.

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