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5 Health Benefits of Candy (For Real)

Continuing our conflicted relationship with Halloween candy, here are five health benefits of eating candy.

1. People who eat candy live longer

A comprehensive study from the Harvard School of Public Health revealed that people who eat candy outlive those who don’t. Modest candy consumption — one to three times a month — is associated with the greatest health benefit, but even those with a daily habit (not overindulgent) also lived longer.

2. Sugar can restore willpower

For difficult tasks, a shot of sugar makes people persevere longer and keeps them focused. A few pieces of candy while taking on a big project — from yardwork to homework — might go a long way.

3. Chewing gum improves mental health

A stick of gum — any gum, it’s the act of chewing — can improve your mood, reduce stress, increase mental focus, and even block pain. Chewing gum increases serotonin levels too.

4. Chocolate (maybe) decreases risk cardiovascular disease

You’ve probably heard about the health benefits of chocolate. The jury is, admittedly, still out on that one. But some research shows that those who ate chocolate five or more times a week were 60% less likely to have heart disease. I’m guessing these folks were just 60% happier.

5. Cotton candy helps create new blood vessels

I always assumed cotton candy was terrible for you, but according to researchers at Cornell University, cotton candy can be melted down to create artificial blood vessels. OK, so maybe it’s not time to invest in a home cotton candy machine.

From Psychology Today.

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