Let's face it, everyone eats candy on Halloween. It's a big part of what makes the holiday fun, and completely abstaining from Halloween treats sounds like torture. However, some candies are worse than others. Livestrong put together the above video about ten candies you should try to limit or avoid this Halloween.
1. 3 Musketeers
Although 3 Musketeers bars are often marketed as lighter way to enjoy chocolate, the nutrition facts tell a different story. A single serving contains 262 calories and 25 percent of your daily saturated fat. But the most shocking aspect of its nutrition profile is its astronomical sugar content, 40 grams per serving. That's more than a can of Coke!
Marketers trumpet Twizzlers as a fat-free snack, but that doesn't count for much when they're super high in sugar. A single regular-sized Twizzler contains 5 grams of sugar, and most people chomp down on way more than one.
Even Fun Size Butterfingers are a nutritional nightmare. A single Fun Size bar contains 8 percent of your daily saturated fat and 8 grams of sugar. If you can limit yourself to one Fun Size bar, you'll be fine. But if you cave and go with the regular size, you'll be consuming 11 grams of fat and 28 grams of sugar.
Don't get tricked by this treat. Although Mounds contain coconut, they're not a healthy option. A single serving contains 258 calories and 24 grams of sugar. You're better off eating real coconut and a little dark chocolate.
M&Ms seem relatively harmless. They're just little disks of chocolate encased in a sugary shell. But one serving of M&Ms contains 30 grams of sugar and 30 percent of your daily saturated fat. Not only that, M&Ms get their distinctive bright hues from artificial dyes. A growing amount of research shows that artificial dyes might negatively affect a child's behavior.
The top two ingredients in Whoppers are sugar and corn syrup. Each individual Whopper contains over a gram of sugar, and an entire 18-piece serving containing 24 grams. Seven grams of fat and 7 grams of saturated fat are additional strikes.
7. Milky Way
Milky Way bars are a triple-threat of sugar. Each bar contains nougat, caramel and milk chocolate, and they add up to 35 grams of sugar per serving, roughly equivalent to 9 mini powdered donuts.
8. Reese's Pieces
Although they have a distinctive peanut butter taste, Reese's Pieces are a whole lot worse for you than standard peanut butter. One serving contains 200 calories and 21 grams of sugar! They're also far from natural—the ingredient list includes corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, dextrose and a bevy of artificial colors.
9. Baby Ruth
Just because they contain peanuts doesn't make Baby Ruth a healthy protein bar. One serving contains 275 calories, 32 grams of sugar and 13 grams of total fat.
10. Take 5
It's a fairly new candy compared to others on this list, but the Take 5 bar has serious nutritional issues. One serving contains 210 calories, 11 grams of fat and 18 grams of sugar. If you're itching to try a Take 5, make sure to take just one.