HOW MUCH SUGAR IS IN HALLOWEEN CANDY

We are not here to judge because we can all agree that candy is one of the main reasons we look forward to Halloween! However, we do think is important to learn the facts of how much sugar is in our favorite candy. On Halloween, it’s easy to let ourselves or our kids eat an overload of sugar but we here are a few things to keep in mind. Most of us know deep down inside that sugar isn’t good for us, but I don’t think we let it sink in just how bad it really is! Consuming sugar has been linked to cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, depression, and of course… obesity. So next time you dump 10 Snickers bars in a kids Halloween basket – keep in mind that you may be contributing to a bigger sugar problem. Here are the sugar stats of our favorite Chocolate candy:

 

Snickers (mini)

Calories: 45
Total fat: 0.8g
Sugars: 4.5g

 

Kit Kat (mini)
Calories: 210
Fat: 11g
Sugars: 21g

 

Peanut M&M’s (regular packet)

Calories: 250
Fat: 13g
Sugars: 25g

 

Milky Way’s chocolate bar (mini)

Calories: 190
Total Fat: 8g
Sugars: 25g

 

How shocking is it to find out that a mini-sized Milky Way has 25g of sugar?! Can you imagine what a regular size one has?  An alternative option could be to opt for low sugar candy or to even bake cupcakes or brownies that are low in sugar. Baking is certainly more work than just buying a bag of candy at Target but being more intentional about what we eat and give to others is always a good thing.

 

Lourdes Martin

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