We all know candy is not good for us. Physique 57 client and registered dietitian at Pure Nutrition, Christian Henderson MS, RD CDN, delves into the 5 worst Halloween candies you should stay away from. Check them out and keep them out of your candy basket (if possible)!
1. Butterfingers. In addition to many other nasty ingredients, Butterfingers contains the preservative TBHQ (Tertiary Butyl hydroquinone), a chemical derivative of butane. According to an article in Natural News, consuming high doses (between 1- 4 grams) of TBHQ can cause nausea, delirium, collapse, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and vomiting. There are also suggestions that it may lead to hyperactivity in children as well as asthma, rhinitis and dermatitis. It may also further aggravate ADHD symptoms and cause restlessness. Long term, high doses of TBHQ in laboratory animals have shown a tendency for them to develop cancerous precursors in their stomachs, as well as cause DNA damage. It is also suggested that it may be responsible for affecting estrogen levels in women. Natural News suggests avoiding this preservative at “all costs” and I have to agree.
2. Sour patch kids. Although they taste sour, sour patch kids are mostly sweet. The first 3 ingredients in Sour Patch Kids are sugar, invert sugar, and corn syrup (Note – on a food label the ingredients are listed in descending order of predominance by weight). We all know sugar is not good for our waistlines, but sugar also increases blood levels of triglycerides (bad fat) and therefore increases the risk of heart disease. Now that’s scary (not just Halloween scary)! A little sugar is okay in moderation, but I recommend fixing a sweet tooth with the natural sugar found in whole fruits (most of the time) rather that the processed kind found in candy.
3. Candy corn. When one thinks of Halloween candy they naturally think of Candy Corn. Unfortunately, their autumnal colors are far from natural. Instead the orange and yellow stripes on a candy corn are a product of some very nasty food dies, Red 40 and Yellow 6. These artificial dies are thought to trigger behavior problems in children and may also increase the risk of cancer.
4. Milky way. Milky Way bars seem simple enough –(nougat, topped with caramel, and covered with milk chocolate) but for someone who may suffer from food allergies it’s not so simple. Milky Way bars contain 4 out of the 8 top allergens: gluten (barley malt), milk, eggs, soy lecithin (the others being peanuts, nuts, fish, and shellfish).
5. Mounds. Now, I am not one to get bogged down by numbers on a Nutrition Facts panel, and instead encourage looking at ingredients, but the numbers on the Mounds bar definitely stand out! Half the calories in a mounds bar come from fat and 75% of those fat calories are from saturated fat. A fun size bar alone provides 20% of our daily saturated fat quota. This is one treat that should definitely be consumed in moderation.
Thanks again to Christian Henderson for guest blogging and providing more information about the “bad” candies.