Tuesday, October 23, 2012
I was just looking at the spark feature for low calorie halloween candy. The sugar content is 10g or more for each item they feature. That is a lot and of course, the food dyes, and preservatives. That stuff is not healthy at all.
An excerpt from Rodale.com ...
"The ingredients list on most popular Halloween candies is enough to induce full-out holiday horror. Filled with food dyes linked to ADHD, genetically engineered ingredients that have never been thoroughly tested for safety in humans, and freaky preservatives, typical Halloween candy can be scarier than even the most well thought-out costume."
Eating 100 calories of M&Ms does not equal 1/3 of an avocado.
Info courtesy of Self Nutrional Data :
Now I am not advocating that we all hand out avocados to kids but trying to make a point that there are other alternatives to all that "Featured" candy.
Child obesity is a major problem in the USA so, enabling bad habits in children will make it harder when they grow up to lose weight or combat health issues brought on by being obese. Low calorie does not necessarily make something a healthy choice. Individually packaged mini pretzels or sting cheese would be healthier snacks instead of M&Ms, Snicker bars or blow pops.
Photo courtesy of Indie Candy.
However, if candy is a must on halloween, there are companies that make organic & allergy free treats that are made with real fruit juice. Two that come to my mind are:
Indie Candy sells all natural, vegan, gluten/soy free candy.
Sharkies www.sharkiesinc.com/kids_1 . Their fruit chews are dye free and do not contain HFCS.
For more on Junk free treats, please follow the link www.rodale.com/organic-hallow
It would be nice to see something like that featured on Spark.