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Nutrition

Halloween Candy: Splurge On This, Not That!

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Americans buy 600 million pounds of candy every Halloween. That’s a scary fact, or is it? Find out the best and worst candies that drop into your trick-or-treat bag. 

Snickers, it satisfies you, but not your gut. It’s not only packed with peanuts, nougat, chocolate, and caramel, but it packs nearly 300 calories and 14 grams of fat and that’s just the regular size.

Try a York Peppermint Pattie instead. It is cool and refreshing. The large sized York only has two and a half grams of fat and 140 calories. 

You’ll not only taste the rainbow in Skittles, you might see double rainbows when the sugar rush kicks in. The regular serving sized bag has 47 grams of sugar, that’s 10 teaspoons!

Avoid the rainbow and eat the Starburst instead. A nine piece serving has only 22 grams of sugar.

Another tip is to go with hard candies like lollipops, Lifesavers, and Jolly Ranchers. They tend to be low in fat and take longer to polish off a whole bag. Three pieces of Jolly Ranchers have about 70 calories, 11 grams of sugar and zero grams of fat. 

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