6/30/2011 5:30 PM ET |
Filed under: Food
Could this be true??
A study at Louisiana State University shows that allowing children to eat sweets could actually prevent them from getting fat.
11,000 children between the ages of 2 and 18 were studied from 1999 to 2004. The children who ate sweets such as candy and chocolate bars were 22% LESS likely to be overweight or obese.
In fact, amongst the adolescents, 26% of those kids who ate candy were more likely to weigh less than the other students.
Researcher Dr. Carol O'Neil says:
"The study illustrates that children and adolescents who consume candy are less likely to be overweight or obese. However, the results of this study should not be construed as a hall-pass to overindulge. Candy should not replace nutrient-dense foods in the diet; it is a special treat and should be enjoyed in moderation."
Researchers added that indulging in sweets every one in a while will "provide moments of happiness within the context of a healthy lifestyle," why is most likely what leads to the children living a more fulfilled life.
This is some crazy research! It seems almost too good to be true for kids. But, like the doctor mentioned, kids should only eat sweets in moderation and remember to never overindulge.
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