10 unhealthy Halloween treats you should (try to) avoid



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The big day is here! Children and those who are young at heart are getting ready to collect all the Halloween candy. It’s a time to indulge, for sure, but you shouldn’t let your kid dive face-first into a bucket full of sugar — or follow suit. So this Halloween, let your costume be scarier than your sugar consumption. Let’s take a look at 10 sweets that are best avoided, or at least consumed in moderation.

  1. Kit Kat bars pack a whopping 210 calories per snack size. That’s a lot of calories for four little bars.

  2. As if it weren’t bad enough that Candy Corn is pure sugar and little else, it’s very easy for those who love the stuff to eat handful after handful, ignoring the 19-piece serving size.

  3. Alas, glorious Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Have one or two, because it’s Halloween. As tempting as it is to eat an entire bag’s worth, though, just think of all those calories and fat.

  4. Almonds and dark chocolate may be healthy for you, but that doesn’t mean Mounds candy bars are, too. According to MSNBC, these coconut-centered treats have the highest amount of saturated fat of 37 different tested candies.

  5. Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Cream candy bars are high in calories and fat, and contain no actual white chocolate. It’s all oil substitutes.

  6. Whoppers are high in sugar, and contain no actual chocolate.

  7. Butterfingers contain more than 15 ingredients, most of which are various sugars and sugar substitutes, along with dyes and chemicals.

  8. Twix bars pack 286 calories per serving size and 28 grams of sugar, making it one of the worst candy bars to eat.

  9. Swedish Fish, gummy bears and worms and taffy not only contain large amounts of sugar but also cause dental issues since they get stuck in between teeth, around gums and on fillings.

  10. Smarties and Skittles are high in sugars, sugar substitutes, dyes and chemicals, so consume with caution.

So go ahead a treat yourself. Just don’t go overboard. And if you’re watching your weight, beware of mini versions of any of your favorite treats. It’s far too tempting and easy to end up eating a bunch of minis that add up to more than the full-size bar you were trying to avoid.