Halloween can be tricky for Brain Warriors and Junior Warriors. If your Junior Warriors want to go trick-or-treating, that’s okay. You just need to have a plan for what to do with all that candy once they bring it home. A lot of Warriors tell me they swap out some of it for brain healthy homemade treats, or they trade cash for candy (that’s what I used to do when my daughter Chloe was younger). If you’re doing some form of bartering with your trick-or-treater, try to trade for the worst offenders.
Here’s my list of the 5 unhealthiest Halloween candies for the brain. Steer clear of these scary brain drainers!
1. Candy Corn
This horrifying Halloween staple is the worst
of the worst. There’s nothing but sugar, corn syrup, artificial coloring, and
artificial flavoring—ugh! The sugar content—more than twice what you’ll get in
a fun-size Snickers—will jack up blood sugar levels and cause a sugar high,
then lead to a crash that will leave your little ones lethargic and irritable.
What are you actually eating?
Candy Corn Nutrition Info
There’s nothing healthy about the chocolate used in Snickers—it’s
full of sugar, milk (which many people have trouble digesting), and artificial
flavors. The chewy caramel is no better, and what about those peanuts? They
aren’t even nuts. They’re legumes that are high in omega-6 fatty acids. And
they’re highly susceptible to contamination during growth and storage, which
can lead to infection by the fungus aspergillus flavus. This fungus releases
the toxin aflatoxin, which is a potent carcinogen. That’s really scary stuff!
This is one of the most frightening candies you can eat. The
first two ingredients? Corn syrup and sugar—that’s like giving kids diabetes
for Halloween. What comes after that is equally nightmarish. Bad fats like hydrogenated
palm kernel oil, and it doesn’t get any better. What makes this such a
terrifying treat is the artificial preservative TBHQ, which is a form butane—otherwise
known as lighter fluid—that is also used in paints, varnishes, and cosmetics.
4. 3 Musketeers
Happy Halloween! How would you like some hydrogenated palm
kernel oil, corn syrup, and soy lecithin? Doesn’t that sound yummy? These
so-called “chocolate” treats have barely any real chocolate, but they are
loaded with calories, bad fats, and sugar.
When I tell Brain Warriors to eat from the rainbow, I am not talking
about Skittles! Fun-size packs of Skittles originals, wild berry, and sours are
almost all-unnatural. Yes, there is some real refined sugar—and lots of it!—but
there’s also artificial flavoring and artificial coloring, including Red Dye
#40 which has been associated with adverse impacts in children with ADD/ADHD.
Check my blog for some simple strategies to have a Healthy Halloween, and be sure to leave your favorite holiday suggestions in the comments. For “sugar-less” and other treat options, check out The Brain Warrior’s Way Cookbook. To thank you for being a Brain Warrior, I’m giving you 21% off when you enter the code TANA21.