Sometimes a little research can justify anything. (Caution : this only applies to adults.)
Fact: 500 extra calories a day or 3500 total a day will cause 1 pound of weigh gain a week
Fact: A small (7oz) bag of Brachs Conversation Hearts has 13 servings @ 60 calories each
Fact: One small bag of Brachs Conversation Hearts contains 780 calories
Therefore, in one week one would have to eat 4. 5 bags of the candy in addition to their regular 2000 calorie a day regime to gain a pound.
Stay with me here.
Or, one could reduce their daily calorie intake by 334 calories a day and still enjoy 3 three bags of the candy a week. Let's see, if I cut out my daily Dark Chocolate Milky, that would eliminate 220 calories right there. (The Snickers went a while back when I realized milk chocolate was a waste of calories.) Wait a cotton picking minute. I have the solution. By simply not eating 38 of those damn evil dark chocolate covered almonds a day, I could justify 3 bags of Conversation Hearts a week.
One thing about us southern women, we can justify anything if we put our mind to it. Especially when it comes to eating. This subject has always been quite the conundrum for us. Take in infamous scene in GWTW before the picnic at Twelve Oaks when Scarlett was refusing to eat.
Mammy: Oh, no, you ain't. If you don't care what folks says about this family, I does. And I done told you and told you, you can always tell a lady by the way she eats in front of people - like a bird. And I ain't aimin' to have you go over to Mista John Wilkes' house and eat like a field hand and gobble like a hog.
Scarlett: Fiddle dee-dee! Ashley Wilkes says he likes to a girl with a healthy appetite.
Mammy: What a gentleman says and what they thinks is two different things. And I ain't noticed Mist' Ashley axin' for to marry ya.