Yeah!!!! Halloween! For many it’s the most fun night to go out, dress up and be childish and silly!
For others it’s a time to stay home and hide from amateur drunk people in costumes acting like silly children.
For many Halloween marks the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year! The beginning of the holiday season. A time for love, family, gifts and merriment.
For others it marks the beginning of what I like to term the “stuffing trifecta:” a time to eat drink and engage in other random acts of indulgence to stuff down feelings brought about by love, family, gifts and the self-imposed illusion that other people have way more merriment than you.
I love holidays! As a self-proclaimed junkie I take any excuse to indulge and run with it. “It’s your brother’s wedding anniversary?? We should go clubbing!”
Right around Halloween my head starts saying things like:
“It’s Halloween, have some candy! ohhh remember when you were a little girl how you loved snickers bars? have a snickers bar! it’s happiness!”
“It’s thanksgiving, you’re supposed to eat until you are sick. Everyone else is doing it. It’s fun!”
“It’s christmas time! I miss my family, sorta, and for some reason I want figgy pudding even though don’t really know what it is. You deserve a cookie. Fck it, have cake too, it’s christmas! Nobody loves you, but damn this cookie is delicious.”
or how about
“It’s new years! You’re supposed to drink 2 bottles of cheap champagne and eat pastries and tacos at 2am! Besides, I’m totally doing a juice fast as soon as my hang over wears off tomorrow and maybe I’ll throw up.”
For many of us, Halloween is the beginning of the end. For many of us we give up on being “healthy” for the remainder of 2014.
That’s 2 solid months of slipping and sliding; stuffing, indulging and gorging into shame, guilt, remorse, self-loathing, tight pants and self consciousness getting undressed in front of others. But who cares? It’s getting cold you should just keep your clothes on anyway.
Halloween means candy. And it doesn’t count, because it is a holiday.
Except it does count.
There’s more to think about than tight pants and a little extra jiggle in the middle when it comes to Halloween candy.
Listen, no one loves chocolate peanut butter cups more than I do. I’m not saying don’t have a little treat on Halloween.
Just don’t eat shit candy.
Sure we all love Reeses, Snickers, M&Ms & Sweet Tarts. They are everywhere right now: probably in a big bowl somewhere in your office, at the nail salon or by your front door. They remind you of the frolic of childhood when you ate them on halloween night. For that instant the bite is in your mouth you feel safe, happy, relaxed, joyous.
Chances are if you are reading this, you aren’t a kid anymore. It’s time to be aware of what you put in your body because if the food you are eating isn’t having an effect on you now, it will in the future.
If you are a parent, I’m guessing you care about what you put in your child’s body.
Take a look at what’s in that snicker’s bar. Do you really want to put that stuff in your body?
100% of what we eat becomes our body. We are 100% organic. There are no chemicals in our make up. When we consume chemicals or chemically processed food-like substances (like sweet tarts) those chemicals and chemically processed food like substances become part of our body. Is it any wonder we are having an epidemic of cancer, alzheimers, autism, adhd, obesity and mood disorders?
Here. I’ll help you read labels:
fun size (15g): 80 calories / 8g sugar
MILK CHOCOLATE (SUGAR, COCOA BUTTER, CHOCOLATE, SKIM MILK, LACTOSE, MILKFAT, SOY LECITHIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR), PEANUTS, SUGAR, INVERT SUGAR, HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL AND/OR PALM OIL, CORN SYRUP, SKIM MILK, LESS THAN 2% – BUTTER, MILKFAT, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, SALT, POTASSIUM SORBATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.
1 regular size cup (17g) 88 calories / 8g sugar
PEANUTS; MILK CHOCOLATE (SUGAR, COCOA BUTTER, CHOCOLATE, NONFAT MILK, MILK FAT, LACTOSE, SOY LECITHIN, PGPR, EMULSIFIER) SUGAR, DEXTROSE, CHOCOLATE; NONFAT MILK CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: VEGETABLE OIL (COCOA BUTTER, PALM, SHEA, SUNFLOWER AND/OR SAFFLOWER OIL) SALT, WHEY (MILK), MILK FAT; SOY LECITHIN, TBHQ, VANILLIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR
fun size (21g) 108 calories / 10.7g sugar
MILK CHOCOLATE (SUGAR, CHOCOLATE, SKIM MILK, COCOA BUTTER, LACTOSE, MILKFAT, SOY LECITHIN, SALT, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR), SUGAR, CORNSTARCH, LESS THAN 1% – CORN SYRUP, DEXTRIN, COLORING (INCLUDES BLUE 1 LAKE, YELLOW 6, RED 40, YELLOW 5, BLUE 1, RED 40 LAKE, BLUE 2 LAKE, YELLOW 6 LAKE, BLUE 2), GUM ACACIA.
fun size (15g) 63 calories / 10g sugar
MILK CHOCOLATE (SUGAR, CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER, SKIM MILK, LACTOSE, MILKFAT, SOY LECITHIN), SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL OIL AND/OR PALM OIL, LESS THAN 2% – COCOA POWDER PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, SALT, EGG WHITES, ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL FLAVORS.
Fun size (17g) 50 calories / 12g sugar
DEXTROSE, MALTODEXTRIN, MALIC ACID, AND LESS THAN 2% OF CALCIUM STEARATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS,
Let’s Break it Down:
I highlighted the forms of sugar in orange. I don’t need to tell you candy is mostly sugar, right?
When you eat it, you will feel good for a moment, and then probably get tired, hazy, cranky and hungry for more sugar.
#2 Ambiguous Ingredients
First red flag is “chocolate” listed as an ingredient. Chocolate in what form? Nib, powder, butter, solid, bean? Turn a pure chocolate bar over. It has ingredients.
ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR – wtf is it? well, according to the FDA regulation:
“The term artificial flavor or artificial flavoring means any substance, the function of which is to impart flavor, which is not derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof.”
Basically artificial flavors are chemical mixtures that mimic a natural flavor. They are 100% chemical and synthetic.
The best part is we don’t know what they are or what “natural flavor” they are meant to mimic.
EMULSIFIER – this one is my favorite. Who knows what that is. Lye is an emulsifier. Whatever it is, it can’t be good, or they would have just put the name on the package.
#3 Chemical, Synthetic, Processed Crap
This is the stuff i bolded on the ingredient list. According to the FDA all of these ingredients are another of my favorite statements: generally recognized as safe.
If something is toxic in larger amounts, it is toxic, period. All of these ingredients are chemically altered, synthetic and chemical.
Remember 100% of what we ingest BECOMES our body and brain. Think about if you want these things inside you.
LACTOSE, WHEY, MILKFAT – all of these are highly chemically processed forms of milk. They resemble little the molecular structure of milk and have a fraction to none of its vitamin and mineral content.
SOY LECITHIN – Primarily an emulsifier. Made from the sludge, that is left after the degumming process for after soy oil is extracted from beans. It’s a waste product that contains solvents, such as hexane and pesticides. Yum!
PALM OIL – relatively inexpensive and trans fat free it appeals to food companies that want to reduce the trans fat rating on their packaging. However about 80% of its fat is saturated, containing up to 6x more saturated fat than other vegetable oils.
Some research has shown it affects leptin & insulin (appetite-supressing hormones) which could make you hungry. To boot its production has major environmental impact, destroying forests.
HYDROGENATED OR PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED PALM / SOY OIL – These are your trans fats, toxic to the body, elevating cholesterol, producing cancer causing free radicals, damaging the immune system by creating synthetic fat and sabotaging your digestive system. They may even cause sexual dysfunction, birth defects, sterility, and create problems with bones and tendons. delicious!
POTASSIUM SORBATE – perservative. though considered non-toxic and safe, consuming large amounts of foods containing potassium sorbate can cause diarrhea, nausea and gastrointestinal problems.
So, why would you want to put that in your body at all? And why would you give it to a kid with a little body?
PGPR – short for polyglycerol polyricinoleate, a “goopy yellowish liquid made from castor beans” it replaces the expensive raw ingredient cocoa butter.
This blogger said it best: “In other words, PGPR is a way for chocolate manufacturers to get around the hassle and expense of actually putting chocolate in their chocolate.”
If taken in large amounts it causes liver enlargement. Again, why would you ingest this?
TBHQ – preservative. It’s a form of butane! It is used in the stabilization process of explosive compounds.
Consuming high doses (1-4 grams) can cause nausea, delirium, collapse, tinnitus (ringing in ears), and vomiting. Some research has also suggested it causes hyperactivity in children, asthma, ADHD, restlessness, cancer and DNA damage and death.
VANILLIN – cheap synthetic alternative for vanilla. Made from lignin wastes (a by-product of paper/wood pulp) or guaiacol (a petrochemical precursor.) To be clear, you put petrochemicals in your car.
GUM ACICIA – according to Wikapedia is a natural gum made of hardened sap taken from two species of the acacia tree. Gum arabic is used primarily in the food industry as a stabilizer. It is a key ingredient in traditional lithography and is used in printing, paint production, glue, cosmetics and various industrial applications, including viscosity control in inks and in textile industries, although less expensive materials compete with it for many of these roles.
So it’s totally edible…but also used to make ink and paint. Just saying’.
DYES – especially Yellow #5 and Blue #1 & #2 have been banned in European countries, shown to be toxic, carcinogenic, and contributors to ADHD, brain caner and brain damage.
But we still have them here in the USA! After all they are generally recognized as safe.
If it says “soy” or “corn” on it and that soy or corn is a processed version such as SOY LECITHIN or CORN SYRUP you can bet your bottom dollar it’s a GMO product.
GMOs are bad. I’m not going to say more than that but the Institute for Responsible Technology has 65 reasons why you shouldn’t want them in your body.
You Can Have Your Halloween Candy and Eat it Too
Do yourself a favor and make better choices.
Want a peanut butter cup? Get some natural peanut butter and organic dark chocolate and have a few squares with some pb. Or have chocolate covered almonds (my personal favorite treat).
Here’s the ingredients in a bar of organic chocolate:
See the difference? I could feel good about putting that in my body.
And I won’t eat as much seeing as better chocolate is more expensive (running about $3-$11 a bar – because they are made from real whole ingredients)
To sum it all up:
If you are going to “treat yourself” treat yourself to GOOD CHOCOLATE instead of shit candy.
- You will savor every bite knowing it is made with real whole ingredients
- You won’t hate yourself because you aren’t putting chemicals in your body that could be making you sick now or later.
I’m not saying that candy will give you cancer.
But it’s a possibility.
Is it worth the risk for a Reese’s peanut butter cup?
Go get yourself a bar of dark chocolate and treat yourself like the princess and/or ninja you really are.
It may not aid your weight loss or maintenance efforts, but at least it isn’t toxic, actually has nutritional value and actually is a treat for your body.
Read over those ingredients next time you want to have a “fun size” candy. Ask yourself if you really want to put that in your body. Cause blue 2 lake and TBHQ is some scary shit.
Rich food, Poor food – Jayson Calton, Mira Calton