The downside of Fall is it is the start of the dreaded holiday season. With October comes Halloween and a lot of candy! Every store I’ve walked into the last couple days have had candy galore taking up 2 sometimes 4 aisles with huge signs touting the sales and screaming out “buy me, buy me!”
But don’t give in! Even those the candy bars are tiny, they still pack a ton of sugar. I was surprised just how much one or two of those sugary morsels can add up.
The sugar content ranges from about 3 to almost 15 grams in fun size candies. This is 1 to almost 4 teaspoons of sugar in just ONE candy!
Some of the biggest offenders have about 3 teaspoons of sugar or 12 grams per serving. They include
- Reese’s peanut Butter Cups
- Milky Ways
- York Peppermint Patties
Candies with less than 9 grams or almost 2 1/4 teaspoons per serving still have a lot of sugar per teaspoon and for the serving size. These include Twix (8.5 g), Take 5 (9 g), Raisinets (8 g), Nestle Crunch (7 g), Sweettarts (2.4 g), Pay Day (5 g), Mr Goodbar (7 g), Mounds (7g), Mike & Ike (9g), Milk Duds (6.3 g), Kit Kat (7), Jelly Belly Jelly Beans (7 g), Hershey’s Bar (7 g), Heath Bar (8.7 g), and Almond Joy (8 g).
So if you have 3 little bags of M&Ms you are getting 6 teaspoons of sugar. This is your whole allotment of added sugar for the day (24 grams)!
You may be thinking it is all down here from here with all the goodies that Thanksgiving and Christmas will bring. But you don’t have to fret! You can still be healthy this holiday season! It starts with a few easy tips for Halloween.
So how do you avoid sugar overload? Follow these 5 tips.
- Don’t buy candy until you have to: The cornucopia of candy and super low prices may tempt you to get candy at the beginning of the month but don’t be swayed by the special prices. You will wind up eating all of it and need more for the trick or treaters anyway. So instead wait a few days before the holiday to get what you need.
- Give out a healthier treat: If you feel like you need to have candy on hand for tricker treaters but don’t want to be temped by the sugary goodness don’t buy candy. Instead go to the dollar store and find a non-food treat you can give like stickers, or a fun little toy that will be just as good as candy.
- Fill up on fiber and veggies so you don’t get tempted: Be sure to get 6 to 8 servings of veggies and 30 grams of fiber a day. Eating a lot of sugary candy will not stabilize your blood sugar leave you wanting more and more sweets. Instead you want to make sure you day is filled with vegetables and high fiber foods that will keep you full longer and not constantly grabbing for the candy.
- Pick out your favorites and throw away the rest: Pick only about 10 pieces of candy you want to have and throw the rest away. This will give you time to savor and enjoy your treat without having too much sugar.
- Find healthier snacks to substitute for that candy craving: Whenever I am craving chocolate I will opt for unprocessed cacao instead. It gives me the benefits of chocolate and taste without all the sugar. To make it a little sweet I will add some fruit or coconut flakes. A dash of nut butter will make it like a healthy Reese’s Pieces. If you are craving a gummy worm or other jelly candy you should try making a chia pudding with fruit.
So before you stuff your face with candy this Halloween think about just how much sugar you are taking in! It tastes good but just a few pieces can send your body into a sugar coma leaving you sick and tired.
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