Candy consumption contributes to a low healthy eating score. In spite of its mission to promote agribusiness, the USDA recommends less frequent consumption of sugar-containing foods. Greece, where a health agency formulates the guidelines, goes one step further and recommends nuts and fruits over candy bars and sweets. Interestingly enough, though, a candy bar still contains more antioxidants than most animal products. Chocolate (containing cocoa phytonutrients) was recently associated with a relief of chronic fatigue syndrome. Dates, cocoa, and date-sweetened pumpkin pie are healthy alternatives to junk food. These healthy sweets are not only tasty but also contain high levels of antioxidants. Licorice consumption should be moderated, especially during pregnancy.
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