Trick or Treat! What’s in Your Halloween Candy?

Halloween is right around the corner, and we all know this is one of the times we like to eat our favorite candies guilt free.

However, there are some candies we may want to avoid this year, or simply limit how much we (or our kids) consume. With that said, here are some of the most popular bite sized Halloween treats and their nutritional values per serving:

What are We Feeding Our Kids?

In addition to the numbers listed above, it’s important to know what the most common ingredients are in various Halloween candies. Many candies highlighted here have one or more of the following ingredients:

High fructose corn syrup. HFCS is believed to increase the risk of the following ailments:

·         Elevated “bad” cholesterol levels

·         Weight gain

·         Type 2 Diabetes

·         Liver damage

 

Artificial colors. Many artificial food colors and dyes are banned in many countries around the world because studies indicate they cause cancer in animals. However, they are still approved for consumption by the FDA here in the United States. These artificial dyes and food colors are used in a wide variety of foods including Halloween candies to make them visually appealing.

Popular artificial colors are Red 40, Yellow 5 & 6, Green #3 and Blue #1 & #2. Studies indicate these artificial food dyes may be linked to the following ailments:

·         Possible carcinogens in animals

·         Increased ADHD risks in children

·         Increased estrogen levels in men and women

Hydrogenated oils. These oils are used to increase the shelf life of foods. The potential dangers of hydrogenated oils include the following:

·         Elevated levels of bad cholesterol

·         Increased risk of heart disease

Artificial preservatives. Artificial preservatives are designed to keep Halloween candies and foods fresh, but they have their risks:

·         Hyperactivity in children

·         Possible carcinogen

·         Decreased heart health

Halloween candy is enjoyed by kids and adults of all ages, but it also has its risks. As obesity rates and illnesses like Type 2 Diabetes rise for both adults and children alike, It is critical that we know what we are eating and how it can affect us. Just because something tastes good doesn’t mean it’s good for us.

I challenge everyone reading this to do their own research on the above ingredients and learn about the dangers for themselves. 

Read the labels and choose your Halloween candy wisely. Your body will thank you.

Get more tips in my books The Diet of Success: Healthy Eating Tips For Hard Working Professionals, or The Three Pillars of Strength: Increasing Your Physical, Mental and Spiritual Fitness. Both available in paperback, Kindle and audible formats.

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