Commons Myths About Candy That Aren't Actually True



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Vote up the common candy myths you totally believed.

As the summer heat breaks to welcome the cooler temperatures of fall, candy lovers wait in joyful anticipation for the season of treats and sweets. Whether kids or kids at heart, we walk the grocery aisles noting that the shelves are beginning to fill with bulk packages of some of the best candy ever made

While we happily ingest our favorite sugary snacks, we rarely stop to think about the history behind the sweets that can be creepier than some of the best Halloween scary tales, or how these Halloween candies actually got their names. While we may prefer to live in peaceful unawareness of a candy's origin story, it's hard to ignore some of the spooky urban legends and haunting assumed facts that are tied to some of our most loved sweet treats. 

We couldn't help but wonder: Is the sad origin story of the Life Saver actually true? Are the creepy tales warning us from overeating candy based on fact? How likely is it that a sinister neighbor will poison our treasured trick-or-treating loot? This list debunks common candy myths that we've believed over the years that are actually untrue. 

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    Myth: Candy Causes Tooth Decay

    Sweet treat lovers can stop worrying about developing cavities from their habit - candy does not actually cause tooth decay. Sugar won't directly cause a person's teeth to rot. Instead, it's the carbohydrates found in many foods (healthy and not) that get left behind in a person's mouth after eating that do the damage. 

    As a person's body works to absorb food by chewing, the mouth produces bacteria and acid that mixes with the carbohydrates to create plaque. While refined sugar can definitely play a role in plaque production, other foods - like dry cereals, raisins, and whole grains- can also get stuck between the crevices of a chewer's teeth. 

    Additionally, citrus fruits and other whole foods that are highly acidic can do just as much damage to the tooth enamel as soft drinks do. Without frequent brushing, plaque will eventually erode the enamel of a person's teeth, causing holes and tooth decay, no matter the diet. 

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    Myth: Skittles Have Different Flavors

    Contrary to clever advertising strategies, people who eat Skittles don't actually experience “tasting the rainbow” with an array of flavors. Instead, Skittles engineers manipulate candy lovers' senses with colors and scents. 

    Flavoring individual varieties of candy is more expensive than adding coloring and fragrance, and human brains often can't distinguish the difference. According to neuroscientist Don Katz

    Skittles have different fragrances and different colors, but they all taste exactly the same.

    Katz blindfolded taste testers to prove the hypothesis and required them to wear nose plugs. When the scientist fed single skittles to the participants, they could only guess the candy flavor around 50% of the time. According to Katz, this proved that Skittles eaters remained dubious about which "flavored" candy they ate when color and smell weren't differentiating factors. 

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    Myth: Too Much Sugar Makes Kids Hyperactive

    As the holiday season approaches, many parents dread trying to calm their sugar-filled children down after a party or trick-or-treat outing. However, the notion that sugar causes hyperactivity in children is more of a psychological nightmare for parents than a scientific fact. 

    This sugary myth began in the mid-1970s when one child's behavior improved after a researcher removed sugar from their diet. Since then, scientists who have evaluated sixteen other controlled studies on the correlation between sugar and hyperactivity have found no significant change in a child's behavior due to excess sugar intake. Instead, parents who knew that their children had sugary treats expected them to become hyperactive - even parents of children who received a placebo recognized that their children were displaying rowdy behavior.  

    Nutrition experts argue that when children become more hyper at a party, it's most likely because they are excited to participate in a special event with their friends, not because they ate too much sugar. 

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    Myth: You Get A Free Tootsie Pop If You Find A Star On The Wrapper

    Tootsie Pop lovers may never uncover how many licks it takes to get to the chocolatey center of the treat. Still, to the dismay of many, another prominent mystery involving the candy has been disproven. 

    For nearly a century after Tootsie Roll Pops were invented in 1931, children believed that finding the symbol of a Native American shooting a star with his bow and arrow meant that they would receive a free sucker. Unsure of how the widespread rumor started, the company insists that they never ran the promotion and that nearly 1 in 5 lolly pops are cloaked in the famous emblem. 

    Despite the company's statement, the legend was so solidly embedded into the American psyche that some claim they remember being rewarded with a second sucker upon showing candy store owners their Native American clad-wrappers. It's possible that the Tootsie Pop myth became so popular that even a few store owners believed it.