Best & Worst Halloween Candy to Eat, According to a Nutritionist
Halloween is a tough time to watch your sugar intake, due to the constant temptation of sugary treats. Every store is packed with fun-sized candy, desserts and pumpkin-spiced flavored everything. Staying away from all the goodness isn't easy and not really necessary, thanks to the advice from three nutritionist interviewed by NBCnews.com.
Everything in moderation rings true during this time of year. Enjoying fun-sized candy can help you monitor your sugar without going crazy. The type of candy you are eating is also incredibly important. From gummy to chocolate, the options are endless as you decide what candy to buy for trick-o-treaters. Be careful with your decisions, because we all know some of that candy you buy will end up in your mouth.
The nutritionists who offered their candy advice focused on the most popular candies you will find in your kids Halloween bag. I feel we need someone to focus on Mexican candies, due to the El Paso region giving out tons of that great stuff. Starting from the best pick recommended by the nutritionists, this list will finish with the worst choice to make, which is also not a surprise.
Best Candy Choice - Charm Blow Pops
According to Natalie Rizzo, a registered dietitian (RD), Charms Blow Pops are one of the best choices to make due to it only being 70 calories. The sugar is pretty high at 13 grams but she believes the constant sucking on it makes you delay the sugar cravings.
Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers
These gummy delights are recommended by Samantha Cassetty (RD) due to the calorie intake being only 100 and containing 14 grams of sugar. The need to chew these worms causes the sugar satisfaction to last longer, which leads to you wanted to shove a handful in your mouth.
Snack-size Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
My favorite candy still ranks pretty high for being one of the best choices, thanks to the small protein and fiber content. At 110 calories and 11 grams of sugar, these individually wrapped treats can help you feel full longer, so you won't be stealing more candy from your kids bag.
Another candy that contains some source of protein and fiber, but it is recommended to only have one, are the Snickers miniatures. It's so hard to just have one.
Twix Caramel Cookie Bars Minis
The Twix minis are also a one piece type of treat. Three of these will causes 150 calories and 15 grams of sugar being pumped into your body.
Twizzlers Strawberry Twists
These fruity treats don't have the real nutrition of fruits but you can enjoy one, if you take small bits, of just one. Twizzlers come in at 120 calories with 16 grams of sugar for three pieces.
Tootsie Roll Minis
While only one tootsie roll has less than 5 grams of sugar, four ends up having 150 calories at 19 grams of sugar. I'd stick to doing the dance.
WORST CANDY CHOICE - Brach's Candy Corn
The Halloween candy classic, many love to hate has come to be the worst candy choice you can make. 19 pieces of this triangular treat has 140 calories and 28 grams of sugar. The true reasoning behind this bad choice is not the taste, but the temptation of not having just a few pieces. You can't stop the cravings, okay. I have tried. Yes, I agree it is a little gross but they are so good. It's candy crack.