Caramel candies are a classic candy, a favorite of adults and children alike. Caramels are rich and chewy, most appropriate for special occasions like snacking on in the movie theater or celebrating a birthday. They are made with ingredients like whole milk, sugar, butter and corn syrup and are individually wrapped, which makes watching portion sizes easier.
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Since obesity is so prevalent in both adults and children in the United States, many people count the calories that they eat every day. According to the nutritional database CalorieKing.com, one piece of caramel candy has about 39 calories. Eating one caramel candy is usually not enough to satisfy a person’s sweet tooth, however. A serving of five caramel candies has about 195 calories.
There are approximately 7.8 g of carbohydrates in each small caramel candy, according to CalorieKing.com. Carbohydrates provide necessary energy for the body, but not all carbohydrates are healthy. Complex carbohydrates, which come from unrefined foods like apples and brown rice, are full of vitamins and minerals. Refined carbohydrates like caramels are mostly full of sugar and provide very little fiber, vitamins or minerals.
Protein is another important nutrient which provides energy and preserves muscle mass. It is most often found in foods like meats, beans, tofu and nuts. Yet caramels have a little bit of protein as well, since they are made using milk. CalorieKing.com states that there is 0.5 g of protein in each caramel. A serving of five caramels has 2.5 g of protein.
Dietary fat is another concern for many Americans. While some fats are not dangerous, others are unhealthy for the heart. The American Heart Association explains that saturated fats clog the arteries and should be limited to seven percent of total daily calories. CalorieKing.com states that each caramel candy has 0.8 g of total fat and 0.3 g of saturated fat. The fat content really adds up, especially when eating five or even 10 caramels. The saturated fat comes from the milk, butter and heavy cream used in making caramels.
Potassium is a mineral that helps to regulate water retention in the body. It also allows for muscle contraction and the reduction of high blood pressure. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that adults need about 2,000 mg of potassium every day. A small caramel has about 21.6 mg of potassium, according to CalorieKing.com. The potassium content in caramel candies is one of the few health benefits that they have.