Originally celebrated with the lighting of bonfire’s and the donning of disguises, to ward off shadows and darkness, modern day Halloween has evolved into a night where we will be showered with sugar filled sweets, we will decorate ourselves and our children in paint and polyester, and we will be on high alert for those who may be more interested in tricks than in treats. But the biggest trick of all may be what lurks within the candy bag.
Everyone knows that consuming piles of typical Halloween candy could not possibly be good for you. By the end of Halloween night, most of our homes will contain tiny mountains of bite sized sugar bombs. Try as you might, the shiny colorful plastic may lure you into just one taste, which turns into handfuls. And the worst news may be that these tiny candies do not even contain any real sugar, but are instead full of High Fructose Corn Syrup.
Why is High Fructose Corn Syrup so bad for you, perhaps even worse, than real sugar?
More frightening than what may be lurking in the shadows, High Fructose Corn Syrup has been shown to change the functioning of the metabolism, to the point where it can cause people to falsely feel, as though they are always hungry and never satisfied. It has also been found, according to two Princeton University studies, that High Fructose corn syrup can cause more weight gain than regular sugar.
So what can you do to stay away from high fructose corn syrup this Halloween?
Believe it or not, but there are a few candy companies out there, that do not use high fructose corn syrup in their products. Unreal candy prides itself in a product that replaces the corn syrup, hydrogenated fats, GMOs, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives that are routinely used in the most popular versions of Halloween candy, with real cane sugar, real milk, more peanuts, and twice the cacao. Or try something from Endangered Species Chocolate who not only donates 10% of proceeds to wildlife conservation and habitat preservation, but who also sell organic and non-GMO Chocolate. If chocolate is not what you crave, then try something from Surf Sweets who can satisfy all your Gummi Bear and Jelly Bean dreams. In addition to leaving out the High Fructose Corn Syrup, Surf Sweets create their products with organic fruit juice and sweeteners, fortify their candies with your daily allowance of Vitamin C and are also gluten and casein-free.
Don’t let this Halloween be scarier than it needs to be, fill your bag with real treats, instead of fake tricks.
read about the truth of high fructose corn syrup at groovy green livin
read how high fructose corn syrup is worse than sugar at dummies .com
Look at this list of healthy candy options at veritey.com