Happy Halloween! Now that trick or treating is over, it's time to EAT!!!!!!!! For the health conscious...here are the healthier candies.....(if that even exists)
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Snickers? The better choice: Snickers. Even though Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups actually have more protein (who knew?), in a fun size–to–fun size matchup, Snickers contain less fat, less saturated fat, and 10 fewer calories per two pieces.
Peanut M and M’s or Skittles? The better choice: Peanut M and M’s. Skittles have only 61 calories per snack-size bag, compared to 90 in Peanut M and M’s, but that doesn’t necessarily make them the better choice. Peanut M and M’s are low on the glycemic index, which means they release their sugar slowly into your bloodstream and will satisfy you longer. Those sugary little Skittles will spike your blood sugar and leave you craving more. A healthier alternative: Although they are somewhat higher in calories, coated chocolate SunDrops candies contain no artificial colors or flavors or preservatives.
Twix or Kit Kat? The better choice: Kit Kat. While neither of these chocolaty, wafery/biscuity treats will win any nutritional prizes, reaching for the Kit Kat will save you 20 calories and rack up less saturated fat and sodium. In fact, Twix packs three times the sodium—90 milligrams—in three fun size pieces than you would get in a comparable serving of Kit Kat. A healthier alternative: Qbel Double Dark Chocolate Wafer Bars, which are covered in high-antioxidant 70% dark chocolate, will shave off another 40 calories and save you 80 milligrams of sodium (versus Twix). Bonus: You’ll get 10 percent of your daily-recommended iron intake.
Candy Corn or Tootsie Rolls? The better choice: It’s a tie between the two. There’s actually a trick answer for these treats: At 20 million pounds consumed annually, candy corn wins the popularity contest, but in the nutrition competition, this one’s a draw. Though you would need to eat 26 pieces of candy corn to rack up the same number of calories—140—as in 6 Tootsie Rolls, both candies contain artificial color and flavor. Vegetarians should go for Tootsie Rolls, however, since candy corn contains gelatin (an animal by-product).
Butterfinger or York Peppermint Pattie? The better choice: York Peppermint Pattie. Perhaps it’s not surprising that a candy that has butter in its name (and is endorsed by Bart and Homer Simpson, d’oh!) doesn’t take the prize here: Two fun-size Butterfingers boast 200 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 100 milligrams of sodium. Meanwhile, three mini York patties pack 150 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 15 milligrams of sodium. Plus, mint is a nice way to finish. When someone has a strong mint flavor they are not likely to go back for more because it would ruin the flavor of another piece of candy.