With Halloween just around the corner, I can’t help but think how Trick or Treating is more a Trick than a Treat. I remember going around the neighborhood as a kid. There was that one house who gave out erasers instead of candy. Back then, it was unusual to pass out alternative treats. Today, it’s a bit more common with good reason!
Yes, we grew up with the scare of “don’t eat homemade candy.” We always had our parents check out the candy in our bags before we could dive in (ahem, never sneaking one tiny little piece beforehand).
Have you thought about how much sugar is in a single piece of miniature candy bars?
The average “fun size” Halloween treat contains an average of 9.3g of Sugar. If 4 grams of sugar equals one teaspoon; on average, there are 2.3 teaspoons of sugar in the miniature size candy!!!
I know what you’re thinking; wow that’s a lot of sugar! My children (and husband) will be bouncing off the walls for a few hours….so? Well, my friend, there is much more that goes on than hyperactivity! Here’s a short list of the dangers of sugar consumption:
- Suppress your immune system
- Feeds cancer cells
- Can cause many problems with the gastrointestinal tract including: an acidic digestive tract, indigestion, malabsorption in patients with functional bowel disease, increased risk of Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.
- Reduces learning capacity
- Cause depression, headaches (including migraines), cataracts, cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, gallstones, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, asthma, and Multiple- Sclerosis.
Just to name a few. You can check out the full article here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/04/20/sugar-dangers.aspx
Alas! There are solutions! You can donate candy to charities, support groups, other operations that redistribute the candy!
This year, Upper Cervical Springfield will be partnering with Operation Shoebox for Halloween Candy Buy Back! All the candy will be shipped to our troops serving our country. For donating, we are giving away Goody Bags that include a certificate for a Posture Evaluation!
Mercola, Joseph. “This Addictive Commonly Used Food Feeds Cancer Cells, Triggers Weight Gain, and Promotes Premature Aging.” Mercola.com. 20 April 2010.
Rellinger, Diane. “How to convert grams of sugars into teaspoons.” Msue.anr.msu.edu. 2 Jan. 2013.
Sugar, Jenny. “We’ve Unwrapped the Calorie Counts of Your Favorite Halloween Candy.” Popsugar.com. 29 Oct. 2016.