Candy and chocolate are incredibly addictive and nearly impossible for anyone to stay away from for some people. That being said, most people can eat it enough moderation that it’s not going to cause diabetes down the road.
Unfortunately, Atlanta Hawks’ Dwight Howard couldn’t control his sweet tooth back in the day and was eating an average of two dozen candy bars every single day at one point.
“Howard’s legs tingled, he complained, but she noticed he was having trouble catching passes too, as if his hands were wrapped in oven mitts. Well, he quietly admitted, his fingers also tingled. [Lakers nutritionist Dr. Cate] Shanahan, with two decades of experience in the field, knew Howard possessed a legendary sweet tooth, and she suspected his consumption of sugar was causing a nerve dysfunction called dysesthesia, which she’d seen in patients with prediabetes.
To alter Howard’s diet, though, Shanahan first had to understand it. After calls with his bodyguard, chef and a personal assistant, she uncovered a startling fact: Howard had been scarfing down about two dozen chocolate bars’ worth of sugar every single day for years, possibly as long as a decade. “You name it, he ate it,” she says. Skittles, Starbursts, Rolos, Snickers, Mars bars, Twizzlers, Almond Joys, Kit Kats and oh, how he loved Reese’s Pieces.”
It’s amazing that Dwight Howard is still playing at a high level and not some 500-pound mound of fat.