We believe knowledge is power, especially when it comes to what our families and communities are consuming! We do our best to educate our patients on healthy choices even when it comes to what Halloween candies they are handing out! 🙂
Top 10 Worst Halloween Candy
- Candy Corn: Brach’s Confections brand
WARNING: Contains Titanium Dioxide, a metal used as a pigment also in cosmetics and vitamins. Originally a glass-like structured man-made product that is completely insoluble. Its consumption has shown to disturb normal immune function. So…it’s like eating ground up glass…
- Nerds: Willy Wonka Candy Factory brand
WARNING: Contains Carmine, a food coloring additive also found in pharmaceuticals. Carmine is derived from female cochineal beetles. There is overwhelming research that this additive causes severe allergic reactions including long-term asthma and anaphylactic shock, which has led to its BAN in some countries such as France and Sweden.
- Butterfinger: Nestle brand
WARNING: Contains TBHQ (Tertiary Butylhydroquinone), an artificial anti-oxidant that keeps food tasting “fresh”. Where else can you find TBHQ? Yes, it’s in lighter fluid.
- Twizzlers: Hershey brand
WARNING: Contains food coloring Red 3 that has various additives as all food colorings do, including aluminum. Evidence shows consumption to cause tumors and has been linked to Alzheimer’s as studies have found aluminum deposits in the brains of its victims. Red 3 in particular was recommended to be BANNED during the Reagan administration.
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: Hershey brand
WARNING: Contains Soy lecithin. Soy is one of the most genetically engineered organisms on the planet, and has shown toxicity in animals.
- M&M’s: Mars brand
WARNING: Contains PGPR (PALSGAARD 4150), a yellow viscous liquid derived from castor oil and used as a substitute for cocoa butter. Research does not know what long-term affects PGPR has on a person. I prefer REAL cocoa butter to castor oil, wouldn’t you?
- Lifesavers: Wrigley brand
WARNING: Contains High Fructose Corn Syrup, which we have all heard to avoid, but why? HFCS is not absorbed the same way cane sugar is absorbed, thus proven to literally punch holes in the intestinal lining, allowing “leaking” out. This can lead to increased appetite and weight gain not to mention diabetes, cancer, dementia, etc. Not to mention, HFCS can even contain mercury!
- Tootsie Rolls: Tootsie Roll Industries brand
WARNING: Contains partially hydrogenated soybean oil. This is a completely man made substance which causes cellular crisis within the body, leading to: cancer, because the product interferes with the enzymes your body uses to fight against cancer; decreased immune function, because the body has an immune reaction against the product; and even reproductive problems because again, the chemical interferes with the enzymes used to produce sex hormones.
- Skittles: Wrigley brand
WARNING: Contains Hydrogenated palm kernel oil. This oil has been linked to Alzheimer’s, colon cancer and infertility. This product is completely banned in restaurants across the nation… but still on our grocery shelves.
- Snickers: Mars brand
WARNING: Contains modified cornstarch. The modified part meaning different chemicals are used in its creation including: hydrochloric acid (corrosive used to remove rust), sodium hydroxide (chemical used in making detergents and drain cleaners) and potassium hydroxide (used to make alkaline batteries).
Replace those candies with these!!
Top 10 Healthier Halloween Candies
- Sour Worms: Surf Sweets brand
Why We Like It: These sour gummy worms are made with organic sweeteners, no corn syrup or GMOs. This product is also gluten and casein free.
Where to Find It: Natural Candy store.com, Amazon.com
- Mango Jackie Lantern Gummies: Indie Candy brand
Why We Like It: Allergy-Friendly gourmet candies that are gluten, dairy and soy free. They are even created in an allergy-friendly facility.
Where to Find It: IndieCandy.com
- Bug Bites: Endangered Species Organic Chocolate Brand
Why We Like It: Bite size organic chocolate treats perfect for trick-or-treating. The cocoa used is sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms!
Where to Find It: Whole Foods, ChocolateBar.com
- Fruit Snacks: Funky Monkey brand
Why We Like It: These freeze-dried fruit snacks are Organic/Non-GMO, no sugar added and have a HUGE variety of flavors.
Where to Find It: Whole Foods, Target, Amazon.com
- Organic Lollipops: Yummy Earth brand
Why We Like It: Chemical-free organic Lollipops that use natural food such as sugar beets, purple carrots, pomegranate extract, organic pumpkins and black currants instead of petrochemical fake food dyes. (Dr. Craig likes peach the best!)
Where to Find It: Whole Foods, Earth Fare, other health food stores
- Organic Hard Candies: Go Naturally Brand
Why We Like It: Gluten free hard candy free of fake food dyes and comes in a wide range of flavors.
Where to Find It: Whole Foods and fresh food markets
- Zbars: Clif brand
Why We Like It: Organic snacks without high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, fake preservatives or artificial flavors.
Where to Find It: Grocery and convenience stores
- Chocolate Bars: Endangered Species Organic Chocolate Brand
Why We Like It: Chocolate bars that are GMO-free, gluten-free, all chocolate is 70% cocoa or higher and cocoa is always the first ingredient always cocoa, not sugar. (See above Halloween themed Bug Bites)
Where to Find It: Locally, Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods.
- Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups: Justin’s Brand
Why We Like It: Peanut butter cups made of entirely organic ingredients. Highly recommended from our patients!
Where to Find It: Publix and other local food chains
- Unreal Candies/Candy bars: Unreal Brand
Why We Like It: 100% made in North America, completely GMO-free/corn-free; all the candies you love with wholesome ingredients: candy coated chocolate peanuts (peanut M&M’s), peanut butter cups (Reese’s), chocolate caramel nougat bar (Milk Way), etc.
Where to Find It: Local food or convenience stores, getunreal.com