Candy: Halloween's Trick

Halloween can be full of tricks. All of those ''fun-sized'' tricks out there that tempt you to have just one piece, but beware—those tiny, innocent-looking "fun" treats can add up if you're not careful! Some people try to make better choices in favor of candy that advertises low-fat choices, like Twizzlers, thinking that they are doing their waistlines a favor. But low-fat does not mean low-sugar.

One fun-sized pack of peanut M&Ms contains 90 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 9 grams of sugar. In comparison, one serving of Twizzlers (3 Twizzlers) (low-fat) has 120 calories, 1 gram of fat, and 15 grams of sugar. It just goes to show that low-fat doesn't mean low-sugar. Also, if that sugar isn't used up, it will be stored as fat.

Of course, candy is still candy, no matter how you analyze it—it's all sugar, fat, and bright pretty colors. Obviously, choosing not to eat any candy would be the best choice, but let's be real: It's Halloween. Just remember that moderation is key. If you can fit your treat into your eating plan for the day, then have it but, it does count and it can add up. So BEWARE!

But above all, relax! Remember: YOU are in control. Instead of worrying and fixating on all that candy, focus on all the other wonderful moments that are going on around you.

Have Fun & Happy Halloween!

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