While it can be said that most children love Halloween because of all the candy, it's fair to say that most adults revel in their share of candy as well. Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season. For most adults this means a decreased immune system, and an increase in weight gain, inflammation and adrenal stress.
However you celebrate your celestial season, it's easy to find yourself overindulging in refined sugars and carbohydrates This includes sodas, candy,and anything with white flour (breads, chips, cookies). It also includes the ingredients in your candies and desserts, such as brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, malt sugar, dextrose, lactose, cane sugar, and molasses.
The chemical structure of refined sugars and carbohydrates have one (single) or two (double) sugars. Single sugars include fructose (found in fruits) and galactose (found in dairy products). Double sugars include lactose (found in dairy), maltose (found in beer), sucrose (table sugar). Refined sugars and refined foods, such as white flour, sugar, and white rice, lack vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Overconsumption of these nutrient-lacking sugars and carbohydrates can lead to blood sugar imbalance (hypo- and hyperglycemia) and trigger inflammation setting off a host of symptoms and other health concerns. The holidays keep us busy and surrounded by tasty treats, but it's important to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle so you can avoid risking symptoms such as:
The following candies are stated as gluten-free by the manufacturer and a review of their ingredients indicates that they do not contain any ingredients that indicate peanuts, tree-nuts, eggs, soy or dairy. There may be cross contamination risk for some products which are made at facilities that are not allergen free. Some are vegan, others use gelatin. Most of them contain artificial dyes, corn starches and high fructose corn syrup.
According to the Tootsie Roll website, the following candies are gluten-free and nut-free. Most contain dairy and others have dairy and soy cross contamination risk which they generally mention.
Hopefully these lists help make the ingredients of your Halloween candy a little less spooky. Some all-natural and organic brands include Surf Sweet Spooky Spider gummies that are gluten free and made with 100% fruit juice, and Yummy Earth Lollipops that are gluten free, vegan, allergen-free and made with organic ingredients! Know that throughout the holiday season there are simple solutions to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.
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