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Nutrition of Pixy Stix

by
author image Natalie Overstreet
Natalie Overstreet is a registered, licensed dietitian who began writing professionally in 2013. She specializes in nutrition for LIVESTRONG.COM. She received a Master of Science in human sciences from Stephen F. Austin State University, emphasizing in food, nutrition and dietetics. Overstreet currently works as a clinical dietitian and health educator in East Texas.
Nutrition of Pixy Stix
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Pixy Stix is a popular candy made by the Willy Wonka Candy Company, a brand owned by Nestle USA. The loose candy powder comes in a plastic wrapper designed to look like a drinking straw.

Nutrition

Pixy Stix straws come in two sizes: small or large. One small straw (approximately 2.3 grams) contains about 9 calories. One large straw (14 grams) contains 60 calories. Pixy Stix don't contain protein, fat, vitamins or minerals -- only sugar (carbohydrate). One small straw contains approximately 2.14 grams of sugar. One large straw contains 13 grams of sugar.

Added Sugars

Added sugars, as opposed to natural sugars (such as the lactose in milk or the fructose in fruit), provide no nutritional benefit other than calories. Candy, soft drinks, and desserts are major sources of added sugar in the diet. Excess sugar intake can lead to weight gain, diabetes, dental caries and other health problems. The American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugar intake to no more than 100 calories per day (about 6 teaspoons of sugar) for women and 150 calories per day (about 9 teaspoons) for men.

Moderation Is Key

Consuming added sugar in moderation is the key to staying healthy without completely depriving your sweet tooth. You can still include Pixy Stix and other candies in a healthy diet as long as the amount doesn't exceed the American Heart Association's recommended daily limit.

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