For those of us who are overweight, are prone to a sweet tooth and have a hankering for a midnight chocolate fix, the latest research on weight loss may seem like manna from heaven. But in a new study published in the Food & Nutrition Research and carried out by scientists at Louisiana State University, it appears that this gob stopping idea that eating sweets can actually make you slim may be true. In the study, researchers looked at the health of more than 11,000 youngsters between the ages of two and 18 from 1999 to 2004. They found that children who ate sweets were 22 percent lesslikely to be overweight or obese than kids who shunned sweets. And as for adolescents? Those who ate candy were 26 percent less likely to be overweight or obese than their non-candy-eating counterparts.
Furthermore, when researchers examined the blood of candy-eating kids, they found that they had lower levels of C-reactive protein. C-reactive protein is a marker of inflammation in the body and a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and other chronic illnesses. A positive result for C-reactive protein in the body can also mean you may be at risk of contracting cancer, connective heart disease, a heart attack, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever and tuberculosis.
Eating sweets to maintain a slim figure however is nothing new, models have been doing it for years says one fashion insider. “There are always bowls of sweets on photoshoots and, because they’re not messy to eat and don’t bloat you out, the girls like to munch on them to keep their energy up.” With sweets containing only about 35 calories each and the effects of keeping you feeling full up lasting for about half an hour, they are the perfect snack for some girls. It is known that celebrity TV and film stars like Cheryl Cole, Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Holden are said to keep a plentiful supply of Flying Saucers and Percy Pigs in their dressing rooms, and shops like Topshop and Mango have cottoned onto this fact by now selling packets of Jellybeans at the counters.
“It’s obvious why this diet would appeal to young girls,” says nutritional consultant Ian Marber, otherwise known as the Food Doctor. “On a social level, it’s fine to pop the odd sweetie, whereas health foods and vegetable shakes tend to be messy and ugly to look at.” However, “The results of this study should not be construed as a hall-pass to overindulge,” lead researcher Dr. Carol O’Neil says. “Candy should not replace nutrient-dense foods in the diet; it is a special treat and should be enjoyed in moderation.” Well, I’m off to choose some pick n mix!