It’s not just the kids who go a candy crazy over Halloween! Who doesn’t love Halloween candy? It’s pretty easy to eat a whole bag of those awesome min-chocolate bars before you even realize that they’re gone. And when those candy bars are 80% off on November 1st? It’s even easier to eat them then!
Unfortunately, most of these Halloween goodies are loaded with an abundant amount of white sugar. This is no surprise since white sugar is added to a myriad of products as a cheap filler to improve taste.
In fact, it is estimated that the average North American consumes two to three pounds of sugar per week in products such as cereals, cookies, yogurts and even ketchup! As you can imagine, during the days around Halloween, the amount of consumed white refined sugar skyrockets.
What is the problem with a little white sugar? In addition to contributing to weight gain, white sugar can create a number of health problems in the body that include:
• Suppression of immune system function
• Fluctuation of energy levels
• Making the body more acidic
• Hyperactivity and impulse behavior
• Raised insulin levels
• Can elevate bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and lower good cholesterol (HDL) levels
• Can contribute to diabetes and heart disease.
Don’t deprive yourself of some Halloween treats, but remember to enjoy them in moderation. Have one or two candy bars, and not the entire bag, and try to balance the candy you do have by also easting more healthy food through the rest of the day. There’s no hard in treating yourself, but watch out for the tricks that too much junk food can play on all our health.
Happy Halloween from everyone at Canada Drugs!