Gold Member Badge


  • You're all caught up!

Eating Candy on an Empty Stomach

author image Jeffrey Traister
Jeffrey Traister is a writer and filmmaker. For more than 25 years, he has covered nutrition and medicine for health-care companies and publishers, also producing digital video for websites, DVDs and commercials. Trained in digital filmmaking at The New School, Traister also holds a Master of Science in human nutrition and medicine from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Eating Candy on an Empty Stomach
Three bowls of candies. Photo Credit: DarioZg/iStock/Getty Images

Eating candy on an empty stomach may provide quick relief to your sweet tooth, but the side effects may sour your health. Candy contains sucrose, a disaccharide made of the simple sugars glucose and fructose. Eating candy can affect your blood sugar levels, blood pressure and mood.

Video of the Day

High Blood Sugar

Candy is a high glycemic food that contains sugar which your body absorbs rapidly into your bloodstream, especially when you eat it on an empty stomach. This causes a spike in blood sugar. As a result, the hormone insulin is released into your blood to transport glucose from the blood into your cells. If you are diabetic or have insulin resistance, your blood sugar levels can stay high much longer than if you do not have these chronic diseases. Nonetheless, the sugar levels can remain high for between 1 to 2 hours. High blood sugar, also called hyperglycemia, can damage the cells in your blood vessels.

Low Blood Sugar

Eating sugar on an empty stomach can give your sugar swings. After insulin transports the sugar from your blood into your cells you may have hypoglycemia, also called low blood sugar. As a result of hypoglycemia, you may experience sweating, nervousness, anxiety, sleepiness and hunger, which can lead to eating more candy to increase your blood sugar and start the cycle over again.

Increased Blood Sugar

Eating candy on an empty stomach can increase your blood pressure, This is because a increase in blood sugar can also trigger an increase in blood pressure. Research by scientists at the University of California in San Francisco and published in the "Journal of Pediatrics" in June 2009 discovered from a national representative sample of adolescents in the United States that consuming sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with higher systolic blood pressure. The scientists also found sugar consumption is associated with higher blood levels of uric acid, a substance that if not excreted in urine can increase your risk of gout, kidney stones or kidney failure.


Increasing sugar consumption from candy can also increase your risk of depression. Research by scientists at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and published in "Depression and Anxiety" in 2002 reports that sugar consumption is highly correlated with major depression. The scientists however do not know the exact mechanism in the brain for why this correlation exists. Nonetheless, eating candy on an empty stomach can affect your mood.

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
Lose Weight. Feel Great! Change your life with MyPlate by LIVESTRONG.COM
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
  • Female
  • Male
ft. in.



Demand Media