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by Toby Amidor in Halloween, Healthy Holidays, October 30, 2012
Pay attention when you hit those touristy candy shops this summer: Some treats are better than others.
Red Licorice vs. Black Licorice
WINNER: Red licorice. Many people assume that black licorice root can alleviate health issues. This hasn’t been proven, but eating large quantities of black licorice may be dangerous to people 40 and older because a compound in it has been linked to heart problems, according to the FDA.
Boardwalk Fudge vs. Boardwalk Taffy
WINNER: Boardwalk taffy. A 1-inch square of chocolate fudge has more than double the fat of the equivalent amount of taffy (about seven pieces). Plus, fudge is higher in saturated fat, which can raise cholesterol in the bloodstream and lead to heart problems.
Classic Gummies vs. Sour Gummies
WINNER: Classic gummies. The calorie and sugar counts are almost identical, but studies suggest that sour candy erodes tooth enamel more than other types because it’s more acidic. And because gummies stick to your teeth longer than other sweets, sour ones pose a greater risk of dental damage.
by Healthy Eats in Halloween, October 31, 2011
It’s not just the ghouls and ghosts causing a scare on Halloween — how about the mountains of treats handed out to kids by friends and neighbors? Some treats are worse than others — these are the ones that I pick out of my kiddos’ candy stash when they’re not looking and toss them into the trash.
Depending on the brand, taffy has about 160 calories and 27 grams of sugar for about 5 pieces. The fact that my kids need to try VERY hard to bite into one tells me they shouldn’t be eating it. Read the ingredient list and you’ll find corn syrup, palm oil, hydrogenated oil and artificial colors. In one bite, your kid can eat at least 4 ingredients that many experts tell you to avoid.
Gum or chewy-candy filled lollipops may be exciting for kids but why on earth do they need a 2-in-1 treat? The only thing they’ll be getting more of is sugar!
by Dana Angelo White in Halloween, Healthy Tips, October 28, 2011
Some treats are scarier than others.
We can’t help you fend off goblins, ghosts, witches and werewolves, but we can help you avoid scary stuff like excess sugar, too many processed treats and smile-spoiling candies. Before you hit the streets to trick-or-treat, read up on the sneaky ways you can resist overindulging this year. Plus, some make-at-home sweets that will keep you from raiding the candy aisle, especially once the prices get marked down tomorrow.
Tricks for Enjoying Your Treats
Experts’ Favorite Halloween Treats
Eat This Instead of That, Halloween Edition
Don’t be Tricked into These Treats
Frightening Foods to Avoid
6 Halloween Party Treats
How to Navigate the Candy Aisle
5 Treats That are Scarier Than Zombies
How to Use Up All That Candy
by Dana Angelo White in Halloween, October 23, 2011
You can probably figure out that candy isn’t the healthiest option, but this time of year it’s pretty much unavoidable. Explore the options below for improved candy picks.
Instead of: King size candy bar
Choose: Mini “fun size” bar
The Payoff: An average savings of 475 calories and more than 20 grams of fat
by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Tips, October 29, 2010
- Should you be afraid of sour candies?
We don’t expect your Halloween faves to be nutritious, but there are some treats you should be scared of. Whether you’re digging through a candy-filled pillowcase or deciding what to give out to trick-or-treaters, use these tips to keep kiddies safe.
by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, October 26, 2010
- How to Avoid Candy Overload - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine
This time of year, it’s hard to escape piles of candy and other sugar-filled treats. But don’t toss it — here are 5 ways to use it later to sideline a post-Halloween sugar overload.
5 ways to use Halloween candy »
by Dana Angelo White in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, October 25, 2010
It’s virtually impossible to avoid sugar during trick-or-treat season. Sweet treats can be part of a healthy diet, but some are more spooky than others — pass on these 5 types of candy and you’ll be off to a smart start.
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by Toby Amidor in Food News, May 14, 2010
- Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls
Sweet treats abound throughout Halloween season. Our handmade goodies may not be sugar-free, but they sure will stand out – they are made with real ingredients and have that homemade touch.
Recipes to Try:
Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls
Chocolate Dipped Clementines
Dark Chocolate Bark
by Toby Amidor in Diets, April 26, 2010
In this week’s nutrition news: Check Twitter and Facebook before your next visit to the farmers’ market, food allergy testing to be standardized and meet the White House pastry chef.
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We hear nutrition advice all over the place — from friends, family or even strangers (I’ve heard the strangest things in elevators!). In this new series, we’re taking on nutritional urban legends and giving you the real story. This week: does chewing gum really help you lose weight?
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