Wednesday’s Food for Thought: Halloween Treats

Happy Halloween!

During the course of a year, the typical American consumes about

24 pounds of candy!

http://eatthis.menshealth.com/slideshow/best-and-worst-halloween-candy

48 cups of sugar per year from candy alone.

Break that into teaspoons and you get 2,304!

That’s a lot of sugar.  The USDA recommends that women get <5 teaspoons of sugar per day and men <9 teaspoons.

Keeping that in mind, here is the sugar content for some common Halloween candies:

Butterfinger Fun Size Bar: 10 grams

(2 1/2 teaspoons)

 

Mini Twix (3 pieces): 15 grams

(3 3/4 teaspoons)

 

 

Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin: 16 grams

(4 teaspoons)

For less sugar, try swapping those choices for sugar free gum, Three Musketeers (fun size), or one peanut butter cup.

What’s your favorite Halloween treat?

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