The Lowdown on Lollipops and Health

It’s undeniable that lollipops are some of the best things that happened to candy lovers around the world. Those unforgettable retro sweets are probably topping their lists with Fruity Pops, Traffic Light Lollies, Strawberry & Cream Lollies, Vimto Lollies, Double Dip – Original, Wally Lollies, Double Lollies, Love Hearts Dip and all the other retro lollies that made childhoods sweeter in many ways.

While there’s no debate about this universal passion for sweets, the health issues still pretty much feel unsettled. It used to be funny how Dad lectured about keeping our teeth perfect while sending us off to that local candy store because he understood how those candies mattered to us as kids. Once and for all, don’t your ever fantasize about this issue being put to rest? Are candies bad for the health?

No matter what they say, candy is food and nothing classified as food is hazardous to health. Candy is definitely not bad for people and only when excesses of them are. But then again, anything in excess is a hazard on its own so the inevitable answer is no, candies aren’t bad for the health. In fact, it was once believed that traditional sweets made children hyperactive and cognitively impaired. More recent studies have shown that this is generally false. The new research involved children given sweets with unusually high sugar content and towards the end, their behaviors and mental abilities barely changed. However, the medical world maintains there are individuals who are innately sensitive to sugar but this hypersensitivity will be treated as any other form of allergy.

The remotest possibility that your favorite old-fashioned sweets and newer ones become hazardous is when they’re manufactured with less than the highest standards for sanitation. Candies are culturally kept for long periods of time and when contaminated from day one, the higher the risks they pose. Besides, concerned government agencies will rarely stop short of ensuring that all candies distributed in the market, whether locally produced or imported, do not contain ingredients that may compromise their citizens’ health. It is, therefore, superfluous to claim that candies are a health hazard when they’re actually screened with the same standards and criteria as with any other food product that may be more favorably perceived by the public.

Perhaps the closest that candies can get to being unhealthy is their ability to promote tooth decay. But when parents care enough to ensure that their children take active steps in protecting their teeth without necessarily stopping them from eating their candies, there shouldn’t be a problem. In other words, it all boils down to the issue of responsibility which is pretty much an issue with most every other thing in life. Why should candies be singled out and vilified?