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6/10/13 10:48 A

Let's face it, nutrition-wise there's nothing redeeming about gummy bears. But -- once in awhile, it won't kill you. Don't buy a 3-lb bag! Buy a small bag if you have to have them.

The candy dish where I work has mixed cheap candies from the bulk bin at the grocery store, but there's one chewy toffee thing in there that I wish I hadn't discovered. Now I think about them whenever I walk past that file cabinet where the candy dish is. Would an apple be better? Sure. But sometimes you just want that piece of candy. If you can't resist, give in, but don't buy a 3-lb bag.

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6/10/13 10:09 A

One word answer: Bad!

Several word answer: They are low in fat, but for many people the big problem with eating is the sugars and starches they eat. Let me clean that up....the big problem with eating for ME is the sugars and starches I eat. Fat typically quenches my hunger and, consequently, if I eat enough fat, I don't overeat. Sugar, however, leaves me even more hungry. I can down a 1500 calories of gummy bears in one sitting and be hungry again in an hour but can't imagine how I could stuff more than 800 calories of fatty meat into my maw without being full for half the day. Neither of those examples are a good choice, but for some of us the fatty meat is a win if you consider the alternative.

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6/9/13 10:56 P

ingredient(s) Gelatin, sugar, glucose syrup, starch, flavouring, food colouring, citric acid

hmmmmm are you asking if gummy bears are bad or if they will ruin your diet?...both

Our blood sugar level can affect how hungry and how energetic we feel, both important factors when we are watching how we eat and exercise. It also determines whether we burn fat or store it.

Blood sugar peaks and then bottoms out leaving us feeling tired and hungry and wanting to eat more.

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6/9/13 10:39 P

I love gummy bears too. As long as you are still getting adequate nutrition from your other foods, there's no problem with having some as a sweet treat (like others have mentioned). I buy things in bulk often, but what I do is as soon as I get home, I portion the whole big bag out into individual portions in baggies. That way I'm not just grabbing a bunch of out of a huge bag. I have my "allowance" in the baggie and that's all I get to have that day. You still have to have the self control to not eat 4 baggies, but for some reason, for me at least, having them individually portioned really helps.

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6/9/13 10:31 P

Buy a bag the next time you're visiting someone. Have a handful and leave the rest for them. [That way you can't eat them all for a midnight snack.] emoticon

6/9/13 10:23 P

I like to think of food in this way. Everything that I eat is rebuilding my body. Do I want a body built out of vegetables, protein and fats or do I want my body to be built out of gummy bears and chips? The foods we eat have a lasting impact on our bodies. 20 years from now me will be thanking the now me for taking good care of myself.

I personally have no problem calling foods bad because there are foods that are bad for me. Candy is one of those foods. There are no redeeming qualities about candy, they are just sugar and sugar is bad for the body so I rarely eat it. Notice I didn't say never there. However moderation is a dirty word to me because it can be interpreted in too many ways. A little every meal, a little every day, a little once a week, a little once in a while. What does moderation mean anyway? It's defined as, Nothing in excess, and one persons excess can be another persons normal.

Sometimes I find it's good just to avoid a trigger food completely, just don't even bring it into the house or car. If you do then it'll be a battle of willpower and unless you have incredible willpower then maybe not having it around would just be so much easier.

All that said, I'll leave you with this thought. Try and focus on all the awesome, delicious foods that you can eat and about how all those foods are great for you, how they will build you a strong and healthy body. It really helps to make the switch easier when you don't dwell on what you can't have and focus on what you can have.

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6/9/13 10:08 P

Thanks for the responses everyone. I guess I will buy a bag next time I go to the store and see how it goes

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6/9/13 9:07 P

Nothing is horrible in moderation. That said, you will need to practice moderation with this. I'm a fan of individually packaged single servings. I take one serving/ package and I am done. If I have a multi-serving package, I will mindlessly cram food into my mouth until the package is empty.
If you buy a multi- pack with individually wrapped portions but tend to grab more than one at a time (or go back to the cabinet to get more) then you might have to consider not buying them in that type packaging. Buy a small bag at the store. This way, if you want more, you will have to leave the house to get it. Trust me, this can make a huge difference.
Good luck to you.

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6/9/13 9:03 P

In moderation, they are just fine - like any other "treat/sweet" food. The key here is PORTION CONTROL.

They actually sound like something that would make a good "treat option" because they are chewy and last a long time (if you eat them one at a time). You can get about 20 of them for 150 calories... that is a reasonable amount of calories to devote to a "treat/snack" each day. If gummie bears are your "thing" then by all means!

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6/9/13 9:01 P

Anything is okay in moderation, but be aware that some of us have trigger foods we're best avoiding. Something about those foods tend to make us overindulge.

There's nothing wrong with gummy bears; they're just pure sugar. They're no worse than any other candy. If you can enjoy them in moderation, then do so, just track every single one. One is inconsequential, but if you eat one frequently, they add up in sneaky ways!

The fact that you say you can't have just one serving though, tells me that this is not something you can easily control. I suggest this. No more 3 lb bags. There is no circumstance where 3 pounds of ANY candy is a smart buy. ;) If you want some, get ONE small bag, and no more. Don't even buy more than that. Eat that one bag, then brush your teeth. Immediately. Challenge yourself to dole them out! I have a box of thin mints I bought months ago that I jealously guard. No one else in the house is allowed to eat them. I eat three at a time, and I know when they're gone, they're gone till next year. So I treat them as a rare indulgence.

Just like sales, it's not a deal if it's not good for you.

Be careful labeling foods "good" or "bad" - that can backfire! And here's why:

If that one bag turns into cravings for more, or you find yourself not enjoying it because it's so little, it might be best to stay away from it. Gummy bears won't make you fat (no one, individual food will) but too many isn't good.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 6/9/2013 (21:03)
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6/9/13 8:56 P

How bad are gummy bears for you while you are trying to lose weight? I have cut out fries, other fried food, and soda, and it honestly hasn't really bothered me to go without them in the past 3 weeks. The one thing I keep thinking about is having some gummy bears. The problem is I have never eaten just a serving of gummy bears, and I tend to buy the 3 lb bags or multiple small bags. In the long term, how often should you eat gummy bears/your favorite candy? Should you eat them at all?

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