Candy is a little pleasure in the diet

What percentage of the average American diet do you think is comprised of candy and chocolate? 5 percent? 10 percent?

At first, people often think that when it comes to sugars in the diet, candy must be a pretty significant contributor. But, in fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Candy represents only about 2 – 3 percent of American’s caloric intake, according to The Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee Report, 2011. Just TWO to THREE percent!

Even if we examine the leading contributors of added sugars in the diet, candy’s contribution is relatively small.

Research shows most consumers eat candy about twice a week and that the average person eats less than 50 calories a day from candy. That’s roughly equivalent to a bite-sized piece of chocolate. Not so bad.

Does this information surprise you? How do you moderate candy in your diet? Do you look for other ways to save calories?


  1. Susan S says:

    I look for ways to EXPEND calories, like running. Then, on the “run” days, I feel comfortable cnsuming a small piece of chocolate or two AND some pretzels or other snacks.

  2. Sweets Girl says:

    I drink only no or low calorie beverages like water, unsweetened brewed tea and black coffee so that I have a little extra room for my sweets. My exception is fat free milk from time to time.

  3. Alison says:

    I eat a small amount every day. So do my kids. We’re probably in the 50-100 calories/day category, but we also make sure to focus on eating enough vegetables and whole grains.