Spooky Halloween Candy: Gross Ingredients
The Halloween candy is scarier than the costumes! Here is a list, of stuff to watch out for. Not necessarily in order; the way we see it here at ACT Wellness Center these are really gross ingredients. Be sure to follow the links you’ll be spooked.
- Partially Hydrogenated Oils (a.k.a. Trans Fat), avoid this cholesterol double whammy.
- Vanillin, an artificial vanilla made from a wood by-product!
- Artificial Food Coloring, Yellow #5 is currently undergoing further testing for links to hyperactivity, anxiety, migraines and cancer (the color has already been banned in many European countries).
- Artificial flavors may contain monosodium glutamate, or MSG.
- GMO’s or “genetically modified organisms,” experimental combinations of genes from different species.
- Growth Hormone, chocolate usually contains non-organic dairy.
- High Fructose Corn Syrup, Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain.
- Candy Corn contains Blue No. 1, a synthetic dye used in soaps, shampoos and cosmetics — including Listerine; Yellow No. 5, which is another dye commonly found in fortune cookies, DayQuil, and Swiss Rolls; and carnauba wax, which produces that glossy finish in car wax, shoe and furniture polish. Ironically, it’s the same coating used in dental floss.
- Good & Plenty’s pink candies are colored with a red dye called K-Carmine that is produced from the bodies of beetles; gum acacia, a natural gum used in glue and ink; they’re coated with carnauba wax, which is used in deodorant.
- M&Ms contain dextrin, a sticky substance found in envelope glue; Blue No. 2, which is the same dye used in jeans; and Yellow No. 6, which has been linked to hyperactivity in small children.
- Swedish Fish are made of sugar, corn syrup, and Red No. 40 — used in tattoo ink and cotton candy.
- Sour ones, which are loaded with acid.
- Chewy ones that stick on and between your teeth for a long time.
- Hard ones, like suckers, that rest on your teeth for a long periods of time—and can crack or chip teeth.
- Give out toys, stickers, mini notepads or magnets.
- Choose healthy treats: fruit leather, whole fruits such as apples or mini tangerines, apple juice boxes.
- Simply give out bottled water.
- Give non-GMO candy: Endangered Species Chocolate, Unreal brand candies (they have snickers, M&Ms, Reese’s cup type candies only made with real ingredients), Annie’s brands, Yummy Earth Organic Candy.
- Keith Ayoob, Associate professor of Pediatrics at Albert Enstein College of Medicine, suggests that you practice the “Rule of One” for high calorie sweets. Basically, one piece of candy a day won’t create any lasting harm. (As long as it’s healthy, organic candy!)
- Get rid of Halloween candy after a week or two.
- Join our annual Candy Trade-In Event at ACT Wellness Center, 2894 Garber Way, Woodbridge, VA!
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