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Halloween Candy: The 5 Best and Worst

Author: Cara Walsh

October 28, 2013

Halloween Candy: The 5 Best and Worst

Author: Cara Walsh

October 28, 2013

MyHealthDailyNews took a look at 37 of the most popular Halloween candies – from Blow Pops to Skittles, Baby Ruths to 100 Grands – and found the 5 best and 5 worst of these for your health, based on their fat and sugar content. Take a look to see where your favorite candy landed on our list:

THE BEST

  1. Jolly Ranchers: 3 of these hard candies have 70 calories, no fat and 11 grams of sugar. It’s hard to do much better than that.
  2. Blow Pops: This 18-gram candy/gum combo has 60 calories, not fat and 13 grams of sugar.
  3. Gobstoppers: 9 pieces of this everlasting treat have 60 calories, no fat and 14 grams of sugar.
  4. Pixy Stix: There are 60 calories, 0 grams of fat and 15 grams of sugar in 7 straws of this fruit-flavored candy.
  5. Candy Corn: 19 pieces of this ultimate Halloween candy have 140 calories, no fat and 32 grams of sugar.

THE WORST

  1. Mr Goodbar: A 49-gram Mr. Goodbar will cost you 250 calories, 17 grams of fat (including 7 grams of saturated fat) and 23 grams of sugar.
  2. NutRageous: Another nutty candy, a 51-gram NutRageous bar, will run you 260 calories, 16 grams of fat (including 5 grams of saturated fat) and 22 grams of sugar.
  3. Snickers: Maybe a Snicker bar really should be a meal on its own. A 59-gram bar has 280 calories, 14 grams of fat (including 5 grams of saturated fat and 30 grams of sugar.
  4. Baby Ruth: a 60-gram bar has 280 calories and 14 grams of fat (8 grams of saturated fat). It also has 33 grams of sugar, the 2nd highest sugar total among the candies examined, better only the an 60-gram Three Musketeers bar that has 40 grams of sugar (though a Three Musketeers bar has only 8 grams of total fat).
  5. Mounds: The only candy on our “Worst 5” list to not have peanuts; a 49-gram bar of this coconut treat has 230 calories, 13 grams of fat and 21 grams of sugar. It also has 10 grams of saturated fat, the most of any of the 37 surveyed candies.

Most candies have a lot of sugar, so it’s better to find sweets that are low in fat, or fat-free. Candies on the least healthy list are things that have a higher amount of saturated fats. Saturated fats can increase levels of artery-clogging cholesterol and raise the risk of heart disease.

 

Research conducted by MyHealthNewsDaily.

About the Author:

Cara Walsh
Counselor at The Carmel Mountain Ranch Medifast Weight Control Center
Cara Walsh is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Weight Control Counselor. Cara received her bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science from San Diego State University and completed her dietetic internship to become a registered dietitian through the Utah State University. Cara is currently completing her Masters in Dietetic Administration through Utah State University. Cara has always had a passion for healthy eating and cooking. She loves to focus on how food can heal and provide nutrition-while tasting delicious. Cara thrives on helping others reach their full potential nutritionally. In her spare time she enjoys reading, going to Pilates and running the boardwalk on the Pacific Ocean with her son and husband.

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