Myths & Facts About Sugar and Candy

Almost all foods contain sugar in some form – sometimes for function and sometimes for taste. Learning about the role of sugar is important for understanding more about what you are consuming.

Recognizing that you might have questions about sugar and how much of it is in the foods that you enjoy, this resource from the International Food Information Council Foundation can be helpful in understanding some of the basics around sugar. IFIC also created a fact sheet that may also answer some of your questions.

Consumers understand the unique role of chocolate, candy, gum and mints in a happy, balanced lifestyle. Americans enjoy chocolate & candy 2-3 times per week, averaging about 40 calories and one teaspoon of added sugar per day from confectionery items. More than three-quarters of all adults believe it is perfectly fine to occasionally treat with chocolate or candy.