Candy – sweet confectionery made from sugar, chocolate, candied fruits, and other products. There are many varieties of sweets in the world – these are fondants and candy bars, lollipops, and caramels with various fillings, toffee, truffles and roasted nuts, chocolate, milk, and waffle sweets, and many other varieties.
On store shelves, you can find various varieties of sweets, wrapped in beautiful shiny candy wrappers or packed in colorful boxes. Children and many adults are very fond of sweets and cannot imagine how one can live without sweets. Almost everyone has their own favorite varieties of candy.
We all love sweets since childhood, no holiday is complete without them, and, of course, children enjoy this delicacy most of all. Today, the stores offer a very rich assortment of sweets – in some outlets, there are more than one hundred names of this delicious product. Most adults are sure that there is no benefit from sweets, so they allow them for themselves and their children solely for fun. Someone loves chocolate candies, someone jelly, and someone caramel, and it turns out that in every type of this delicacy you can find useful properties. The main thing is to make the right choice, which is not easy with such an abundance.
Useful properties of sweets
There are not so many of them, but they are still there:
- sweets are a source of glucose, which means energy for the body, and in particular for the brain;
- some sweets include fillings (fruits, nuts, etc.) – a source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other useful substances;
- chocolates contain many useful components;
- sweets are fun and improve your mood.
Of course, with moderate use of high-quality candies made from natural ingredients, the body will only benefit. At least a couple of good chocolates will make a great addition to a cup of tea or coffee and will cheer you up. To be sure of the quality and naturalness of the candy components, many have learned how to make them on their own at home.
A little bit of history
It is known that jelly sweets originated in the East in the 14th century, then appeared in Europe in the 18th century. But such sweets began to be widely produced only in the 19th century in America. This product was given to the soldiers in a compulsory ration and the servicemen liked it very much (it was easy to store, did not melt, and was very tasty). “Jelly” quickly became famous among the general population. In Russia, jelly candies appeared quite recently, but just as quickly gained popularity.
Jelly candies are shaped and cut. Shaped candies are made in the form of all kinds of figures (letters, insects, animals, etc.), sometimes they are covered with sugar. Sliced jelly candies often represent various geometric shapes (squares, rectangles, etc.) or lemon (orange) slices, and are covered with sugar on the outside.
Jelly and gummy candies
In fact, jelly and gummy candies are the same, just their consistency is slightly different. These bright, beautiful sweets with all sorts of flavors quickly won the hearts of both big and small sweet tooth. But in order for this delicacy to be not only tasty but also useful, again, you need to pay attention to its composition. The main components of really healthy jelly candies are fruit juices or syrups, pectin, agar-agar or gelatin (gelling agents that keep the candy in shape), natural colors, and of course, sugar.
Fruit juices are good for the body, they contain vitamins and minerals, and pectin, which is a dietary fiber, is good for the digestive system. There will be nothing wrong if the manufacturer uses curcumin, chlorophyll, or another natural analog as a dye. Components with the E code can be seen on almost any package of gummy candies, which immediately makes the product harmful from the point of view of the buyer. However, this is not always the case, for example, the natural and useful dye chlorophyll can be represented under code E140. So, having seen a whole list of components with the E code in the composition of gummy candies, you need to wonder what is behind it, since these can be completely harmless and even useful natural ingredients.
Still, it is difficult to believe in the use of jelly candies of bright blue or some other unnatural color. Bright candies attract attention, but they often contain the most artificial colors.
E – 162 – dye, which is obtained from beets. It is considered safe when consumed but contains nitrates, so it is not recommended for children.
E – 320 – the supplement is currently being researched to make sure it actually helps slow the growth of cancerous tumors and prevent HIV disease and the development of the herpes virus
E – 471 – the additive leads to a significant increase in the calorie content of the product. Also, doctors recommend stopping using such products for people with liver disease and disruption of the biliary tract.
E – 492 – if the daily dosage is exceeded, growth retardation and enlargement of the liver are possible, and can also contribute to the accumulation of fats by the body.
E – 1422 – it greatly harms the pancreas.
Modified starch slows down food processing, causing bloating, indigestion, nausea, and pain. In some cases, it causes a stop of the stomach and serious intoxication of the body.
E – 171 – is capable of destroying our body at the cellular level, gradually weakening the immune system and causing many chronic diseases
E – 120 – causes allergies, There have been cases when people received an anaphylactic shock and then fell into a prolonged coma.
By the way, despite the high sugar content, jelly candies are recommended to be consumed as a treat during weight-loss diets, yet many find it difficult to completely abandon sweets. In fact, there are no fewer carbohydrates in them than in other sweets, but there are also substances useful for losing weight. The calorie content of jelly candies is on average about 350 kcal per 100 g (chocolate-coated candies, of course, contain more calories).
Toffee can also be attributed to chewing sweets, which includes sugar, fat (animal or vegetable), condensed or whole milk, molasses, flavors, sometimes toffee is made with fillings. In terms of calorie content, such candies are somewhat superior to jelly ones.
Therefore, when choosing jelly candies, you should adhere to some principles, which will allow you to choose a natural product. First of all, you need to pay attention to the color of the sweets, if it is too bright, then a chemical dye is added and there will be little useful from such sweets. Real jelly candies do not have a strong smell and taste a little sour. After deformation, the jelly candy should return to its previous shape, and when breaking, no extraneous sounds should come out.
The harm of sweets
A lot can be said about the possible harm of sweets, but it should be noted that moderate consumption in the absence of medical contraindications will almost never harm a healthy person. It is enough for an adult to eat 50-100 g of sweets per day, including sugar, jam, honey, and other delicacies, so you decide how much of this amount will be for sweets.
One of the most common problems for candy lovers is the occurrence of allergic reactions, which are very often caused by the abuse of this delicacy. Sometimes an allergic reaction is due to someone component that is included in a certain type of candy, that is, if you are intolerant to candy with chocolate, you will not necessarily have a reaction to lollipops or jelly candies.
Violation of carbohydrate metabolism and overweight are problems that can lie in wait for those with a sweet tooth who abuse not only sweets but also other delicacies.
Sweets are foods with a high content of easily digestible carbohydrates and a high glycemic index, so this delicacy is contraindicated in diabetes mellitus. A rare exception is allowed in type 1 diabetes mellitus (insulin-dependent), but the candies eaten must be taken into account when calculating the insulin dose.
In some diseases, the use of any alcoholic beverages, even in the smallest quantities, is contraindicated. In this case, it is forbidden to use alcoholic sweets.
The harm of sweets is also due to various additives that are used in their production. Sometimes the list of ingredients takes more than one line on the package of a treat. Palm oil and other vegetable fats are added to candies, which contain saturated fatty acids that have atherogenic effects. Candy often contains soy protein and corn syrup, while soy and corn are plant foods that can be grown using GMOs. Synthetic colors, flavors, preservatives, stabilizers, and other chemicals used to improve the taste, appearance, and shelf life of sweets can cause unpredictable reactions from the body, ranging from allergies to digestive disorders, impaired kidney function, etc.
The sugar in sweets has an adverse effect on tooth enamel. From this point of view, the greatest harm is caused by lollipops and gummies, which are in the mouth for a long time.
Sugary sweets are often the main allergen for young children. It is because of this that they may have diathesis. In addition, it is forbidden to eat
Jelly candies are healthy sweets for adults and children, but need to pick with natural ingredients!
Sweets are the favorite sweetness of children and adults. No wonder, because sweet things are a source of joy and incredible flavors. There are many kinds of sweets. Some cannot live without chocolates, others have aromatic caramels in their favorites, and still, others are crazy about jelly sweets.
The unusual shape and color of jelly sweets attract the smallest gourmets. Kids love jellies for their fruity taste and delicate aroma, and they are easy to chew.
About the benefits of jelly sweets
Among the variety of sweets, jelly can be attributed to the most harmless and even dietary sweets. After all, jelly is the same marmalade, which is based on gelatin. The last component is made from bone powder. Agar-agar and pectin can be used instead of gelatin. These components are also of natural origin, completely harmless to the body.
- Agar-agar. Due to the content of agar-agar in sweets, the cost of sweetness increases, but the benefits of the product are much higher.
- Pectin. Thanks to pectin, useful radionuclides enter the body, promoting the elimination of harmful substances. Pectin also improves hair health and nail health.
Along with natural ingredients, dyes and flavors are added to jelly sweets. When buying jelly, your child should pay attention to the color of the candy. The unnatural color of jelly sweets, a pronounced aroma indicate the presence of harmful components in the composition. However, many manufacturers take care of the consumer’s health by reducing the content of dyes and flavorings, so that gummies can be given to children.
It should also be remembered that in the composition of any sweets, including jellies, there is sugar. There is a lot of talk about this product. Excessive consumption of sugar is not recommended, as it causes allergies, problems with excess weight.
Making sweets at home
We will need:
Dried apricots – 200 grams,
almonds – 100 grams,
walnuts – 100 grams,
honey – 1/3 cup,
sugar – 3 tablespoons,
chocolate – 1 bar.
- Dried apricots were steamed in advance and then dried with a napkin.
- The nuts were chopped, and the dried apricots were finely chopped.
- Mix dried apricots with nuts until smooth.
- Making the syrup. To do this, we dissolved honey and sugar and boiled the mixture a little until it began to thicken! After we remove from heat and let cool!
- Mix the resulting syrup and chopped nuts with dried apricots.
- From our mass, we form candies. Let the sweets cool.
- Melt the chocolate.
- Pour the frozen candies with chocolate. Handsomely!
- Optionally, you can decorate the sweets with sprinkles, white chocolate, or coconut flakes.
Homemade sweets are ready! It turned out very tasty and very healthy.