04/01/2013 06:09 pm ET

Michael Beasley Skittles Addiction: Phoenix Suns Player Eats '6 Or 7' Packs A Day

Michael Beasley doesn't sugarcoat his candy habit. The Phoenix Suns player told the Arizona Republic that he eats "six or seven packs" of Skittles a day -- and that's cutting back after he stopped bringing them to the arena.

"I just eat them at home and keep them to myself," he said to the paper. "My favorite pack is the [W]ild [B]erry—the best, by far."

He also mentioned that he carries Skittles around in his backpack -- perhaps a matter for the team nutritionist to worry about. pointed out that Beasley's jones for the fruit-flavored, candy-coated chews weighs in at about 1,380 calories and 258 grams of sugar a day. According to guidelines reported in, adult men should be consuming only about 36 grams of sugar a day.

Excess sugar not only can lead to weight gain and cavities, it can increase the risk of heart disease, according to Time.

What sugar might do to one's scoring ability might still be up for debate. Beasley was averaging a career-low 10.1 points per game as of Monday afternoon.

Is it time for Beasley to merely "taste the rainbow" -- as the Skittles' motto goes -- rather than inhale it?

(Hat tip, MSN)