Candy & Sweets: Calories & Nutrition Facts

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The key to enjoying candy and sweets is to do so in moderation. A piece of toffee here or a handful of candy-coated chocolates there will not have a devastating impact on your health. It is important, however, to be aware of the nutritional value of the candy and sweets you enjoy. Refer to the calorie calculator for each item for specific nutritional information.

Sugar Content

If you take a look at the calorie counter for your favorite candy and sweets you will likely notice that the sugar content is very high in comparison to the amount of fats and protein. Some candies contain as much as 30 to 40 grams of sugar per serving! Eating too much sugar can have a negative impact on your blood sugar levels, so make sure to enjoy candy and sweets in moderation.

Dark Chocolate

When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Dark chocolate contains less sugar and more antioxidants than milk chocolate and it is also a decent source of dietary fiber. A 100-gram serving of 70 – 85% cocoa dark chocolate contains 11 grams of fiber and a variety of vitamins and minerals including iron, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Dark chocolate may also be lower in fats because it contains little to no added dairy (milk).
You have probably heard about the dangers of consuming too much candy and sweets, but what you may not realize is that certain candies can actually be good for you! If you refer to the calorie counter for dark chocolate, for example, you will find that it has less sugar than many other candies. Some candies can even be made with natural sweeteners (rather than sugar) to reduce their negative impact on your health.

Digestive Benefits

Certain types of candy and sweets can provide very real digestive benefits. The types of candy that are best for your digestive system are those that contain mint and peppermint – this includes candy canes, breath mints, and even mint-flavored gum. The essential oils in mint and peppermint can help to soothe an upset stomach and provide general digestive benefits.

Natural Sweeteners

One of the downsides of candy and sweets is that they are often loaded with processed sugar or artificial sweeteners. If you opt for organic products, however, they are likely to be made with natural sweeteners like honey, agave, and stevia. Stevia is naturally very low in calories and some sweeteners, like agave, are actually sweeter than processed sugar.