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Healthy Halloween candies

In Health & Lifestyles on November 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm

By; Kristyn Blackwood

There are so many different types of candy you can eat that are healthy for you. You don't have to go on a diet to be healthy, just find the healthy candies. Photo courtesy of Google Images

On average, every year Americans buy 600 million pounds of candy for Halloween. This includes trick-or-treating or any other kind of Halloween festivity.  Although you do not think you can avoid those deliciously, fall-apart-in-your-mouth candies, there are actually more healthy treats out there that are available. Some of them are treats you already received in your trick-or-treat bag this past Monday, and you do not even know it.

            Two nutritionists, Lyssie Lakatos RD and Tammy Lakatos Shames RD, can help us figure out how our least and most favorite candies stack up on the candy continuum. They have provided us with a list of the worst and best Halloween treats to pop into our mouth and the reasons why. Snickers, with that smooth caramel and chocolate coating those nice crunchy peanuts are one of the worst candies you can eat out of your bag. Although there is no satisfaction for this craving other than to eat one of these, your health will most likely pay for the consequences by absorbing close to 300 calories and a high 14 grams of fat. This is just from one candy bar! Imagine what a huge Halloween bag will do to you if you proceed to chow down on all of them.

            Next, ironically with its name, Smarties are the smartest way to go when digging into that bag of treats. Even though this entire candy is just a puck of sugar, by eating a whole toll of them you have only inhaled 25 calories, not even a fourth of what you get from the leading Snickers bar. Everyone loves those York peppermint patties, nice and refreshing with that satisfaction you can only get from a chocolate covering. A full sized patty is loaded with 2.5 grams of fat, but by just downsizing to the fun sized patty you will only end up taking in one gram of fat. Still more than the Smarties, unfortunately, but you still get to satisfy your chocolate craving that everyone seems to have during Halloween.

            Now onto everyone’s favorite, Skittles. You may not be thinking about tasting the rainbow that much anymore after finding this out. In a regular sized bag of those colorful skittles, there are a whopping 47 grams of sugar. In case you were not aware, but that is the equivalent amount to 10 teaspoons of table sugar. Talk about a sugar rush. If all you want is your fruity taste bud to be taken care of, then tear into a roll of Starburst which is fat free and only contains 15 calories.

            Now, these are just a few of the most popular candies you probably received in your bag this Halloween, but there are so many more to watch out for and count calories on. Make wise choices when it comes to eating that candy and don’t go overboard on a candy eating binge. Also, keep this in mind for Halloween next year so you can be better informed on the best kinds of candies to buy for your own household for younger children who come to you for their candy craving.

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