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Healthy diets can defeat candy consumption

posted on February 11, 2000


DIET BE DAMNED! GIVE ME CHOCOLATE!

IN A COUNTRY SEEMINGLY OBSESSED WITH DIET, LOW-FAT, NO-FAT, SUGAR-FREE, HIGH-FIBER, LOW-SALT ... U.S. CONSUMPTION OF CANDY IS ON THE RISE.

THE CONFECTIONS INDUSTRY PROJECTS A FOUR PERCENT INCREASE IN SALES FOR VALENTINE'S DAY -- WITH -- $1.053 (b) BILLION DOLLARS WILL BE SPENT ON CANDY -- 75% OF THAT IN CHOCOLATE ALONE.

THE CHOCOLATE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION SAYS 36 (m) MILLION BOXES OF CHOCOLATE WILL BE SOLD FOR VALENTINE'S DAY.

AMERICANS HOWEVER, DON'T HOLD A "CANDY WRAPPER" TO EUROPEANS WHEN IT COMES TO CHOCOLATE HABITS. U.S. CONSUMPTION IS 12 POUNDS A YEAR ... COMPARED WITH 25 TO 35 POUNDS FOR SOME EUROPEAN NATIONS.


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