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Top 5 Candy Myths

Do Equal packets cause cancer? Are green M&Ms an aphrodisiac? Learn the truth behind candy!

Bins of assorted sugary candy

Photo: Chris van Dyck (flickr)

Dig in! Candy is a fun, occasional treat!

Candy has many myths associated with it. A Moment of Science decided to investigate!

Sugar High

Researchers at a West Virginia University conducted experiments to see if there was a link between eating candy and hyperactivity. The double-blind study found while many think that candy causes a sugar high, there is no evidence for the connection. Researchers believe that genetics plays a larger role in hyperactivity.

Up All Night

Do you avoid eating chocolate late at night because you fear it will keep you awake? Well, fear no longer, studies show that while chocolate contains caffeine, it does not contain enough to prevent you from falling asleep. The average 1.5-ounce candy bar contains about 10 milligrams of caffeine. For many, this amount won’t even affect behavior or mood—much less sleep patterns.

Artificial Cancer

Many things do cause cancer but Aspartame, the artificial sweetener found in sugar-free items, diet sodas, and little blue Equal packets, is not one of them. The FDA and National Cancer Institute both say that Aspartame is safe to eat and will NOT cause cancer.

Eat The Green Ones

Artificial coloring is just that… artificial. Rumors have been circulating that eating green M&Ms leads to sexual desire. However, this it not true. While Mars, Inc. suggests the myth is associated with the color’s ancient association with love and fertility, it is just a green-colored candy.

Cavity Candy

Many people avoid candy because they do not want assumed dental problems associated with consumption.  Frequent candy binges causes cavities, not the occasional sugary treat. Remember, regular brushing and flossing will limit damage to teeth.

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Margaret Aprison

Margaret is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Telecommunications and a minor in Psychology. The daughter of two scientists, Margaret has been surrounded by the subject her entire life. She enjoys social media, writing, television, and, of course, science!

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