One of the most significant diet dangers revolves around sugar consumption. Problems arise from riding on a sugar roller coaster. When you binge on sugar, you crave more and your body slows down. Sugar binges cause a drop in serotonin, a chemical in the brain that regulates sleep and appetite. A lack of serotonin is often associated with depression. When you are deprived of serotonin, you won’t feel calm and in control.
A typical full-sized candy bar can contain up to 40 grams of sugar! This is problematic because several studies have shown that excess sugar in the diet contributes to increased risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, increased triglycerides, weight gain and malnutrition. Halloween candy is also chock full of saturated and trans fats as well; both linked to increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Keep the candy out of the house for as long as possible. That means you should buy your "pass-out" candy on Halloween and avoid purchasing varieties that you know you or your kids love.
Have a meal replacement shake before sampling the candy.
Let yourself have a treat. Substitute Healthy Protein Bars instead of a typical candy bar.
Opt for gluten-free protein bars to help curb your appetite and control blood sugar.
Candy Bars vs. Manage Your Weight Protein Bars
Here is a chart showing the sugar content of popular candy bars vs. the sugar content our our Manage Your Weight Protein Bars.
|Candy Bar||Size||Sugar (g)|
|Hershey's Milk Chocolate||1 bar||31|
|Almond Joy||1 pack||20|
|Kit Kat Bar||1 bar||22|
|REESE'S Fast Break||1 bar||30|
|5TH Avenue||1 bar||27|
|Mr. Goodbar||1 bar||22|
|REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups||1 pack||25|
|HEATH Toffee Bar||1 bar||23|
|SYMPHONY Milk Chocolate||1 bar||23|
|Snickers Almond Bar||1 pack||26|
|Milky Way||1 pack||35|
|TWIX Caramel Cookie Bars||1 pack||27|
|3 Musketeers||1 bar||40|
|Baby Ruth||1 bar||33|
|Nestle Crunch||1 bar||24|
|Manage Your Weight Protein Bars|
|106 Peanut Butter & Jelly||1 bar||13|
|122 Peanut Butter||1 bar||6|
|123 Chocolate Mint||1 bar||5|
|124 Nutty Caramel Crunch||1 bar||6|
|125 Strawberry Shortcake||1 bar||6|
|126 Chocolate Crisp||1 bar||1|
|129 Peanut Butter Cup||1 bar||5|
|130 Chocolate Mint Crispy||1 bar||7|
|131 Salted Toffee Pretzel||1 bar||4|
|132 Fluffy Vanilla Crisp||1 bar||3|
|133 Fluffy Nutter||1 bar||5|
|136 Zesty Lemon Crisp||1 bar||1|
|138 Cinnamon Crunch||1 bar||12|
|142 Divine Peanut Butter||1 bar||4|
|143 Divine Caramel Sea Salt||1 bar||8|
|144 Divine Vanilla||1 bar||5|
|187 Lemon Meringue||1 bar||6|
|189 Caramel Crunch||1 bar||8|
|190 Chocolate Coconut Crispy||1 bar||11|
|273 Chocolate Peanut Dream||1 bar||7|
|278 Rockie Road||1 bar||5|
|281 Caramel Nut Bars||1 bar||5|
|284 Peanut Butter||1 bar||5|