Have you bought your stash of Halloween candy yet? Many people buy their favorite candy because during trick or treating they sample the sweet themselves. It’s easy to rationalize because the candy portions are small. But even if you buy the mini sample size of your favorite candy, the calories in these tiny treats add up quickly.
If you are trying to lose weight, you either need to promise yourself that you won’t sample the candy, or you need to make a careful choice about which candy to buy. The American Council on Exercise recently compiled a Better and Worst Halloween Candy list. Listed below are the “worst” options. On Thursday, I’ll post a list of better choices.
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: 1 cup = 105 calories (40 calories from fat); 6.5 g total fat; 10.5 g sugar
- Mounds Snack Size: 1 bar = 80 calories (40 calories from fat); 4.5 g total fat; 7 g sugar
- Almond Joy Snack Size: 1 bar = 80 calories; 40 calories from fat (4.5 g total fat); 8 g sugar
- Kit Kat Snack Size Bars: 3 pieces (42 g) = 210 calories; 90 calories from fat (11 g total fat); 21 g sugar
Keep in mind that any candy is bad for your diet if you eat too much of it. Moderation is the key. If you know that you will be tempted to overindulge, set aside one or two pieces and save them for the end of the night. During trick or treating, have healthier snacks available to munch on.
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