Nutritionists Agree—Avoid These Popular Halloween Candies at All Costs
While we don't want to spoil any Halloween fun, we're always on the lookout for unhealthy foods that somehow manage to fly under the radar—and Halloween candy is no exception. Although we can't guarantee this information will necessarily deter us from indulging in some sweet treats this Halloween, we always prefer to know exactly what we're putting in our bodies, as well as any risks we're running in doing so. Woman's Day recently reported on the unhealthiest Halloween candies to date, aggregating input from nutritionists, dietitians, and dentists alike. According to the magazine's findings, these are the three unhealthiest Halloween candies you should avoid at all costs:
Loaded with nougat, caramel, and chocolate, this fan favorite is a dentist's worst nightmare. "Caramel is a serious source of tooth decay," Cindy Flanagan, spokesperson for the General Academy of Dentistry, told Woman's Day. "It gets stuck in the crevices between teeth, which makes it impossible for saliva to wash it away," often resulting in cavities.
New York–based nutritionist Jacqueline Santora Zimmerman recommends a Three Musketeers bar instead, mainly because of the "non-dense, airy filling" that won't get stuck between teeth.
Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins
Over 100 calories more than the original Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, the peanut butter pumpkins are a high-calorie treat loaded with saturated fats. "The worst kinds of Halloween candies are the ones that are released especially for this time of year," explains Rachel Berman, director of nutrition for Calorie Count.
Instead, dietitian Heather Bauer recommends indulging in Justin's Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, which are an organic, protein-rich replacement.
At 150 calories per ounce, Candy Corn is essentially sugar drenched in artificial coloring and flavoring, according to Zimmerman. This Halloween staple offers zero protein or healthy fats whatsoever and is also terrible for your dental health. "Eating sugar in such high amounts can cause tooth decay," concludes Flanagan.
Head over to Woman's Day for the full list of unhealthy Halloween candies, and share your healthy candy replacements with us!