We at Paleo On The Go LOVE all things halloween! All things except for the large amounts of highly processed candy. Candy is high in sugar, food dye, and artificial ingredients, all of which can affect the health of our children. Excessive sugar in the diet is linked to weight gain, obesity, Type II Diabetes, and other diseases. One snicker’s bar contains 27 grams of sugar. According to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are 37.5 grams (9 tsp) for men, and 25 grams for women (6tsp). Yes halloween candy may be smaller, but children are not consuming one small snicker’s bar. They are eating several a day. Many of these candies contain corn syrup, and high fructose corn syrup as the main sweetener.
According to DR MARK HYMAN:
HFCS and cane sugar are NOT biochemically identical or processed the same way by the body. High fructose corn syrup is an industrial food product and far from “natural” or a naturally occurring substance. The sugars are extracted through a chemical enzymatic process resulting in a chemically and biologically novel compound called HFCS. Since there is there is no chemical bond between them, no digestion is required so they are more rapidly absorbed into your blood stream. Fructose goes right to the liver and triggers lipogenesis (the production of fats like triglycerides and cholesterol) this is why it is the major cause of liver damage in this country and causes a condition called “fatty liver” which affects 70 million people.The rapidly absorbed glucose triggers big spikes in insulin–our body’s major fat storage hormone. Both these features of HFCS lead to increased metabolic disturbances that drive increases in appetite, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and more.”
Most halloween candy also contains food dyes and artificial ingredients. Food dye has been known to trigger hyperactivity in children, and has also been linked to ADHD and other attention related conditions.
Top 5 Gluten Free Paleo Halloween Treats
How can we make halloween “treats” for our children, that contain healthier, more nutrient dense ingredients? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite paleo bloggers, with our top 5 Halloween treats that are fun, tasty, and without all the icky processed sugar and dyes! These are great alternatives to all the junk offered to children this time of the year!
- PLAID AND PALEO’S CANDY CORN GUMMIES (Autoimmune Protocol Friendly)
These beautiful gummies are dye free, refined sugar free, and made with turmeric, grass fed gelatin, coconut milk! -READ MORE
“These little cups don’t have any added sugar, but you would never know it. They are so, so good, one of our favorite treats and you don’t even have to feel guilty about eating them!”-READ MORE
“These truffles consist mostly of chopped pecans, coconut butter and chocolate! Each truffle is then dipped in coconut butter and rolled in unsweetened shredded coconut.” -READ MORE
No bake Mounds bars? You had us at Mounds. These look amazing! -READ MORE
“These slimy and sour homemade gummy worms are made with only three real food ingredients and are fun to eat.”-READ MORE
We believe halloween can be fun without all the junk. It just takes a little creativity, and these bloggers have done the work for us! Give these “candy” recipes a try for your kiddos, neighbors, and friends! Let us know how they worked out for you. Here’s to having a fun and healthy halloween!