Granted the news might be hard to swallow for some - especially as the study is supported by the National Confectioners Association - and broken down the findings are rather obvious - that eating sweet things in moderation isn't terrible for you.
The study, funded by the National Confectioners Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, analysed diet surveys from more than 15,000 U.S. adults aged 19 or older filled out between 1999 and 2004.
Participants were asked to remember what they had eaten the previous day, known as a 24-hour recall. www.en369.cn/zhongkao/2011/0607/18871.html
参加调查者被询问了在过去一天在所吃的食物，也就是所谓的24小时回溯。 本文来自英语作文网：www.en369.cn 转载请保留此链接
Only about 20 per cent said they consumed any candy at all but that could mean they had completely forgotten or omitted an extra candy bar from the list.
In the end results showed that candy and chocolate consumed in moderation did not increase their weight/BMI or contribute to disease.
The participants in the study only ate around 1.3 ounces of candy and chocolate a day on average - less than a small bar of chocolate.
Carol O'Neil, lead researcher at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, warned against thinking the study meant consumers could gorge on sweet treats and not feel the effects.
'We certainly don't want these results positioned as eating candy helps you to lose weight,' she said.
'This study adds to the evidence base that supports candy's role as an occasional treat within a healthy lifestyle.'