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How many calories and sugar are actually in candy?

  1. Candy has a pretty unhealthy image, and that's clearly for good reason. It is packed with sugar, and then you can do little good as a food these days. Yet most Dutch people still dispose of bags full of candy every year. Especially children are often very fond of it, which is no wonder with all those colors and flavors.

  2. Candy has a pretty unhealthy image, and that's clearly for good reason. It is packed with sugar, and then you can no longer do much good as a food today. Yet most Dutch people still dispose of bags full of candy every year. Children are especially fond of it, which is no wonder with all those colors and flavors.

  1. Time to spend an article on candy anyway, in other words. Because what exactly is the problem of those sugars? How much sugar is actually in the most popular candies? And are there also healthier variants? You can read the answers to all those questions in our blog today!

  2. Time to spend an article on sweets, in other words. Because what exactly is the problem of those sugars? How much sugar is actually in the most popular candies? And are there also healthier variants? You can read the answers to all those questions in our blog today!

How unhealthy is candy?

  1. If we want to know exactly how unhealthy candy is, we must of course look at all ingredients. The problem is that there aren't that many besides those sugars. Most sweets contain at most some extra basic ingredients such as gelatin or gum arabic. In addition, the additives are mainly flavoring and coloring agents.

  2. If we want to know exactly how unhealthy candy is, we must of course look at all ingredients. The problem is, there aren't that many besides those sugars. Most sweets contain at most some extra basic ingredients such as gelatin or gum arabic. In addition, the additives are mainly flavoring and coloring agents.

  1. As a result, candy contains little substance besides sugar. It therefore provides practically no useful nutrients; you will not find any fiber, protein or healthy fats in it. Even with the vitamins and minerals, there is little positive to be gained. For example, if fruit juice is already used, it has been processed so much that there is hardly any nutrient left.

  2. As a result, candy actually contains little substance besides sugar. It therefore provides practically no useful nutrients; you will not find any fiber, protein or healthy fats in it. Even with the vitamins and minerals, there is little positive to be gained. For example, if fruit juice is already used, it has been processed so much that there is hardly any nutrient left.

Sugar: the cons

  1. And then there is that sugar. What are the biggest problems of that? We list a few important ones:

How much sugar can you eat?

  1. When you see it all together, it might seem like you drop dead from every bite of sugar. That is not the case: a little added sugars now and then cannot hurt. The problem arises when you get too much of it by default. Unfortunately, that is what is true for many people right now! Sugar is used in almost everything at the moment, from bread to canned vegetables.

  1. Add that all together, and you end up with a decent consumption per day. The WHO (World Health Organization) recommends getting no more than 5% of your calories from added sugars. With 2000 calories per day, that is a limit of 25 grams per day. Many people go well beyond that.

  2. Add that all together, and you end up with a decent consumption per day. The WHO (World Health Organization) recommends that you get no more than 5% of your calories from added sugars. With 2000 calories per day, that is a limit of 25 grams per day. Many people go well beyond that.

Calories and sugar in candy

  1. Candy, which is extremely sugary, can contribute significantly to that amount. It is so concentrated that you get a huge amount of it. But how much sugar is actually in your favorite types of candy? The table below gives you a bit of an idea.

  2. Candy, which is extremely high in sugar, can contribute significantly to that amount. It is so concentrated that you get a huge amount of it. But how much sugar is actually in your favorite types of candy? The table below gives you a bit of an idea.

And what about sweets without sugar?

  1. Of course, candy manufacturers are also well aware that the image of candy is not so good. That is why all possible tricks are used to improve that reputation. Sugar-free candy is one of those tricks. After all, flavoring your candy with artificial sweeteners sounds a lot better.

  1. The problem is that the long-term effect on health of these substances is still not entirely clear. Again, it is not the case that you spontaneously develop scary diseases if you occasionally ingest some, but exaggeration is certainly not necessary. Moreover, it only keeps the appetite for sweets going.

  1. It is therefore more symptom control than an actual solution for our high sugar consumption. In addition, sugar-free candy still provides a significant amount of calories, without a satiating effect. Depending on the variety about 200 to 250 kcal per 100 grams.

  2. It is therefore more symptom control than an actual solution for our high consumption of sugar. In addition, sugar-free candy still provides a significant amount of calories, without a satiating effect. Depending on the variety about 200 to 250 kcal per 100 grams.

And of course sweetened candy?

  1. Another category of â € sugar freeâ € ™ candy is the so-called â € naturally sweetenedâ € ™ candy. For example, apple juice or date puree was used to give the whole a very sweet taste. The idea behind this is that natural sugars would somehow be â € betterâ € ™ than artificially added sugars.

  2. Another category of â € sugar-freeâ € ™ candy is the so-called â € naturally sweetenedâ € ™ candy. For example, apple juice or date puree has been used to give the whole a very sweet taste. The idea behind this is that natural sugars are somehow â € danbetterâ € ™ than artificially added sugars.

  1. Unfortunately, the opposite is the case. When isolated, sugar from fruit is exactly the same as all other sugars. It is processed exactly the same in your body. Theoretically, fruit juices and syrups could contain more vitamins and minerals, but that too is often disappointing. Naturally sweetened candy is therefore seldom healthier than regular candy with sugar.

Healthy snacking!

  1. Can you never eat something sweet again in between? That is not too bad; we only recommend that you just opt ​​for other products. Not as sweet as a bag of wine gums, but much better for your health. A few suggestions:



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