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Finding the Less-Ghoulish Treats This Halloween

Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something healthy to eat? Halloween is not a night for carrots and celery sticks. Chocolate, sugar, lollipops and gum own the night. But while our sugar intake may go up tonight, our waistlines can avoid a scare through some simple moderation. The magazine Real Simple has a […]

Finding the Less-Ghoulish Treats This Halloween

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halloweenhealth

Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something healthy to eat?

Halloween is not a night for carrots and celery sticks. Chocolate, sugar, lollipops and gum own the night. But while our sugar intake may go up tonight, our waistlines can avoid a scare through some simple moderation.

The magazine Real Simple has a blog post on which trick-or-treat snacks are the best of the bad. While none of them are a healthy option, some are less ghoulish than others. For example:

 

Peanut M&M’s or Skittles?

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The better choice: Peanut M&M’s.

Skittles have only 61 calories per snack-size bag, compared to 90 in Peanut M&M’s, but that doesn’t necessarily make them the better choice. Peanut M&M’s are low on the glycemic index, which means they release their sugar slowly into your bloodstream and will satisfy you longer. Those sugary little Skittles will spike your blood sugar and leave you craving more.

 

 

Twix or Kit Kat?

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The better choice: Kit Kat.

While neither of these chocolaty, wafery/biscuity treats will win any nutritional prizes, reaching for the Kit Kat will save you 20 calories and rack up less saturated fat and sodium. In fact, Twix packs three times the sodium—90 milligrams—in three fun size pieces than you would get in a comparable serving of Kit Kat.

 

Candy Corn or Tootsie Rolls?

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The better choice: It’s a tie between the two.

There’s actually a trick answer for these treats: At 20 million pounds consumed annually, candy corn wins the popularity contest, but in the nutrition competition, this one’s a draw. Though you would need to eat 26 pieces of candy corn to rack up the same number of calories—140—as in 6 Tootsie Rolls, both candies contain artificial color and flavor. Vegetarians should go for Tootsie Rolls, however, since candy corn contains gelatin (an animal by-product).

 

Smarties or SweeTarts?

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The better choice: Smarties.

So who’s the smarty? The candy’s name probably should have been a giveaway: Smarties have about half the calories and sugar of an equivalent serving of SweeTarts (25 calories and 5 grams of sugar per one of those little Smarties rolls compared to 50 calories and 13 grams of sugar for eight SweeTarts). Also, Smarties are smaller, so it feels like you get more, and they take longer to eat.

 

Real Simple also takes a look at Bubble Yum or Tootsie Pop, Caramel Apple or Candy Apple, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Snickers, and Starburst or Jolly Rancher, among many others.

Be safe this Halloween. Just remember these simple recommendations to avoid some of the scare on your next weigh-in.

Finding the Less-Ghoulish Treats This Halloween

Posted by: kelly on Oct 31, 2014 in candy, Family Fun, Halloween, Health, Mommy Go Round

Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something healthy to eat? Halloween is not a night for carrots and celery sticks. Chocolate, sugar, lollipops and gum own the night. But while our sugar intake may go up tonight, our waistlines can avoid a scare through some simple moderation. The magazine Real Simple has a […]

Finding the Less-Ghoulish Treats This Halloween

halloweennewyou

halloweennewyou

Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something healthy to eat?

Halloween is not a night for carrots and celery sticks. Chocolate, sugar, lollipops and gum own the night. But while our sugar intake may go up tonight, our waistlines can avoid a scare through some simple moderation.

The magazine Real Simple has a blog post on which trick-or-treat snacks are the best of the bad. While none of them are a healthy option, some are less ghoulish than others. For example:

 

Peanut M&M’s or Skittles?

mm-skittles_300

The better choice: Peanut M&M’s.

Skittles have only 61 calories per snack-size bag, compared to 90 in Peanut M&M’s, but that doesn’t necessarily make them the better choice. Peanut M&M’s are low on the glycemic index, which means they release their sugar slowly into your bloodstream and will satisfy you longer. Those sugary little Skittles will spike your blood sugar and leave you craving more.

 

 

Twix or Kit Kat?

twix-kitkat_300

The better choice: Kit Kat.

While neither of these chocolaty, wafery/biscuity treats will win any nutritional prizes, reaching for the Kit Kat will save you 20 calories and rack up less saturated fat and sodium. In fact, Twix packs three times the sodium—90 milligrams—in three fun size pieces than you would get in a comparable serving of Kit Kat.

 

Candy Corn or Tootsie Rolls?

tootsie-candycorn_300

The better choice: It’s a tie between the two.

There’s actually a trick answer for these treats: At 20 million pounds consumed annually, candy corn wins the popularity contest, but in the nutrition competition, this one’s a draw. Though you would need to eat 26 pieces of candy corn to rack up the same number of calories—140—as in 6 Tootsie Rolls, both candies contain artificial color and flavor. Vegetarians should go for Tootsie Rolls, however, since candy corn contains gelatin (an animal by-product).

 

Smarties or SweeTarts?

sweettarts-smarties_300

The better choice: Smarties.

So who’s the smarty? The candy’s name probably should have been a giveaway: Smarties have about half the calories and sugar of an equivalent serving of SweeTarts (25 calories and 5 grams of sugar per one of those little Smarties rolls compared to 50 calories and 13 grams of sugar for eight SweeTarts). Also, Smarties are smaller, so it feels like you get more, and they take longer to eat.

 

Real Simple also takes a look at Bubble Yum or Tootsie Pop, Caramel Apple or Candy Apple, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Snickers, and Starburst or Jolly Rancher, among many others.

Be safe this Halloween. Just remember these simple recommendations to avoid some of the scare on your next weigh-in.

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