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Saturday, 12 May 2018

KhorGist Saturday Special_Swedish Saturday Candy (lördagsgodis)

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In Sweden, Saturday is for sweets. The Swedish custom of lördagsgodis, or Saturday candy, was spurred by the outcomes at Vipeholm.

In 1946,  at a mental hospital outside of Lund, Sweden, researchers forced a group of patients to ingest 24 pieces of a sticky, light brown substance in a single day_caramel candy. These severely disabled patients were involuntary participants in a long-term study commissioned by the state medical board in cooperation with big industry, and this coerced feeding would continue for three years.

The four to six doses that they consumed four times a day over that time were in some ways sweeter than their typical medicines—but also more troubling. No benefit to the patient was ever expected. Rather, the goal was to measure the damage inflicted by the substance over time and determine a dosage safe for public consumption.

After the experiment the Swedes came to the conclusion that sugar, particularly between meals, causes tooth decay.

The idea behind lördagsgodis is moderation—to limit candy consumption to a weekly, rather than a daily, occurrence.

So therefore, Swedes are allowed to have candies only on Saturdays of every week in Sweden. This is termed as Saturday Candy while this was unarguably considered controversial in medical ethics. The Swedish tradition is here to stay

Can you wait till Saturday to have the satisfying taste of candy? Let us know in the comment section below

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