What Halloween Goodies are YOU Treating?
I love the books … Eat This, Not That! They’re a great way to search out healthier options for your fave foods. And, not surprisingly, they just did an expose on Halloween candy for MSN lifestyle. You can see the entire slide show of 54 different candies by going here. But I thought I’d share with you the worst and the best so that you can make good treat choices. Me … I’d do caramel apples. Or really healthy cookies or cupcakes. When I was trick-or-treating my fave treat was pennies. Of course, today you’d probably have to throw dollars.
Anyway, according to Eat This, Not That!, here are the TOP THREE in each category along with the blurbs for each straight from the article. I have to say I was surprised by these … you may be too.
TOP THREE WORST
#3 … Butternut Fun Size
Per single Fun Size bar: 100 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated), 10 g sugar
Many candy bars are high in sugar. Many are high in fat. But Butterfinger has the magical ability to be high in both. Adding even one “fun size” Butterfinger to your food intake every day is enough to add more than 10 pounds to your body in the next year. There’s nothing fun about that. Nobody better lay a finger on this Butterfinger.
#2 … Hershey’s Take Five Snack Size
Per Snack Size bar: 100 calories, 5 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 9 g sugar
Were it made naturally, we’d be fans of this five-layer bar, which combines chocolate, pretzels, peanut butter, caramel, and peanuts. Unfortunately, it’s more like a Take 35, with other ingredients including High Fructose Corn Syrup, fattening vegetable oils, artificial flavors, and the binding agent carrageenan, made from seaweed. This is one of the fattiest candy bars in the world.
#1 … Reeses’s Miniatures
Per 3 pieces: 108 calories, 6.4 g fat (2.2 g saturated fat), 9.9 g sugar
The American Heart Association says an adult woman should have no more than 25 grams of added sugar a day. Reese’s manages to pack half that much into 5—aka one serving—of these miniatures, and with a ton of fat. Maybe they should be called “maxiatures?” Meet the Worst Halloween Candy out there.
AND THE BEST TOP THREE
#3 … Smarties Candy Rolls
One roll: 25 calories, 0 g fat, 6 g sugar
Use Smarties to quell a sweet tooth and you’ll likely be satisfied by the time you finish one roll. That’s not too bad considering that each one has only 25 calories.
#2 … Pixy Sticks
Per straw: 9 calories, 0 g fat, 2.1 g sugar
This is pure sugar in a straw—but hey, at least the straws are thin.
AND … the #1 BEST IS … Jelly Belly Jelly Beans Mini Pack
35 calories, 0 g fat, 7 g sugar
Ironically, the candy brand that sounds the fattest may actually flatten your belly: At 4 calories each bean, they’re the slimmest way to enjoy cotton candy, toasted marshmallows, and strawberry shortcake. Jelly Belly uses real fruit purees to flavor these beans. It’s still candy in every sense, but it’s certainly the lesser of many sugar-loaded evils.
I knew there was a reason why Jelly Bellies are one of my favorite candies. But sad to know that my all-time fave … Twizzlers … was the tenth worst. The article called Twizzlers claim as a low-fat food …. “twisted”.
The good news … most of these are Gluten-Free. There’s no room for gluten with all that sugar and fat.
But have a Happy Halloween! And know it’s just one day. With some residual treating afterward. My advice … take most of it to work. If they’re like the crew at my consulting job, it’ll be gone before you know it!
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What’s YOUR favorite Halloween candy? Check out the whole article. Where does your fave rank?