How much sugar IS in Halloween candy?
Posted on October, 31 by Blue Zones
Happy Halloween! Today, for many children, is the sweetest day of the year–literally!
Soon your children will go on their trick-or-treat adventures, and return home bouncing off the walls. Just looking at the nutrition labels in their little (or, more likely, overflowing) bags ‘o goodies is enough to make a mom—or a dentist, for that matter—want to weep.
The link between sugar and kids behaving badly has been suspected for years. But actually, scientific studies haven’t found a sugar-hyperactivity link[i]–though one study did come close. Researchers in Australia found last year that adolescents eating a “Western” diet, including fast, processed, and high-sugar foods, had more ADHD than those who ate a “healthy” diet, rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fish.[ii]
That’s plenty of evidence for us that kids are better off without too much sugar. Here are the basic nutrition facts on a few popular trick-or-treat items:
Kit Kat (mini)
Watermelon Jolly Rancher: (three)[iii]
Total fat: 0g
Sugars: 11 g.
Total fat: 0.8g
Hot Tamales (20 pieces)
Total Fat: 0g
Milky Way’s chocolate bar (mini)
Total Fat: 8g
Peanut M&M’s (regular packet)
As you can see, when it comes to cutting sugar intake, hard candies (not chocolates) are definitely the healthier way to go.
[i] Wolraich, M.L., Wilson, D.B., White, J.W. The Effect of Sugar on Behavior or Cognition in Children. JAMA. 1995;274(20):1617-1621.
[iii] All nutrition information is according to CalorieKing.com