If you've been avoiding sweets to lose weight, a new study finds that may not be necessary.
Researchers now say that people who eat candy and chocolate tend to have smaller waists, weigh less, and have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who don't indulge in treats.
The study also found that candy and chocolate consumers had a 14 percent lower risk of high blood pressure and a 15 percent decreased risk of having metabolic syndrome.
However, researchers pointed out that the results do not suggest eating candy helps you lose pounds. They said it may be that candy consumers exercise more to offset the additional calories they're taking in.
The study was published in the journal, Nutrition Research.