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.
Are you spooked? You should be this is some really gross stuff. Be aware your children will be filling their bags with these artificial treats. Here are a few old school favorites, yet questionable Halloween treats…
The Scary Truth behind Halloween Candy: Source: 5 NBC Chicago
- 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.
Dr. Harold L. Frank an Orthodontist in Woodbridge, VA says “There’s Bad Candy… And There’s Worse Candy” He mentions that some candies are more harmful than others. The biggest bad candies you need to watch out for are:
- 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.
Yuck – that’s’ enough to turn your stomach and your teeth rot; but let’s face it Halloween isn’t the same without candy. Besides all of those gross ingredients, unfortunately, Halloween candy can have frightening amounts of sugar, fat, and calories. “About 4% of all candy consumed in this country occurs on that one day, says Harry Balzer, the chief industry analyst for the NPD Group, which does market research on eating trends.” Source: Almost all children in this country and half of adults will eat candy on Halloween.
So what is the best solution?
- 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!
You might wonder where is the chemical, toxic filled candy going after its traded-in? In the trash, because that’s where it belongs.