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Trick or Treat

candy…Give me something healthy to eat?

Is Halloween candy a trick or a treat? With Halloween around the corner, it’s hard to avoid the temptation of that tiny Snickers square or the small bag of bright orange candy corn. Consuming small portions doesn’t feel as bad as eating an entire bag of candy in one sitting, but those small candy package calories do add up.

If you have children, work in an office where people have candy on their desks, or shop at the grocery store, you’re sure to encounter troves of chocolate Tootsie Rolls, chewy Sour Patch Kids and so on. Even I’ve indulged more times than I want to admit, especially this time of year. But the reality is that calories are calories and they add up to weight gain. Just because the portions are smaller doesn’t mean that they are calorie free. Remember: when you consume too much sugar and saturated fat, you will gain weight.

Here is a breakdown of calories, fat and sugar (in that order) in the most popular Halloween candies ("fun size"):

Snickers

72 calories

3.7 grams of fat

7 grams of sugar

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup

80

4.5

7

Almond Joy

91

5.1

9.2

Reese's Nutrageous

95

5.5

7.5

Butterfinger

100

4

10

M&M's

90

4

11.5

Peanut M&M's

93

4.7

9.1

Nestle Crunch

51.3

2.7

5.6

Peppermint Pattie

47

1

8.6

Kit Kat

73

3.7

6.7

Dots

70

0

11

Skittles

80

.8

15

Jelly Belly Jellybeans

35

0

7

3 Musketeers

63.3

2

10

Milky Way Dark

81

3

11

Hershey's Bar

66.7

4

7.7

Take 5

105

5.5

9

100 Grand

95

4

11

Nerds

50

0

12

Whoppers

100

4

13

Mike & Ike

50

0

9

SweeTarts

10

0

2.4

Milk Duds

40

2

6.3

Babe Ruth

85

4

10

Heath Bar

77

4.7

8.7


To see how far you must walk in steps and in miles to burn off the trick or treat calories, check out this Halloween Treats Calorie Calculator: walking.about.com/library/cal/blhalloweencalories.htm

And just remember, to avoid weight gain this holiday season, it’s all about portion control and counting those calories.


Jennifer Adams is a nationally certified personal trainer and exercise instructor who has been in the fitness industry for more than 20 years. She is the owner of Sand N Sea Fitness in Santa Cruz and is a practicing attorney. Contact her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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