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Before I knew anything about food and it’s effects on the body – I was a candy addict. To my family and friends, I was the queen of candy! I knew every brand, every flavor, and always had candy with me. And then, during my wellness journey years ago, when I discovered all my beloved candy had chemicals, trans fats, preservatives and petroleum based artificial colors added to it – I flipped. I immediately banned all major brands of candy and haven’t looked back.
Just look at the ingredients in Starbursts & Twizzler Twerpz and you’ll see what I mean.
I also found out these brands contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms) – something I hadn’t given much thought to until recently.
And then I thought about the upcoming holiday and how many people are going to be buying this junk and giving genetically modified candy to their friends, neighbors and families.
If you’ve already bought your Halloween candy and it’s one of these brands on the left of this chart below – you might want to start looking for your receipt.
I created this chart to help navigate better candy choices without the added chemicals, preservatives, trans fats, artificial colors and GMOs. The brands on the right are amazing GMO free substitutes that are very similar tasting to the popular candy brands on the left.
Dr. E – The reality is that the GMO concern is never the first thought when looking at candy… for any of us in the health education world. We are always pushing the button of HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), or Trans Fat and simply the very high sugar content. But to pile GMO on top of that, geez! We need a major intervention here!
So I hope you’ll do what we do, and turn Halloween night into an educational time. We’ll go out and fill bags with candy. Then we’ll pour them out on the floor, then we’ll review what is in the candy, make a decision to keep a few pieces and throw the rest out, then put the ones we have kept away, and likely they will never come out again!
But, we will talk about what is in the candy, so that my girls become wise, and concerned. Discerning, even at the ages of 6 and 8. These are all teachable moments, make use of them.
Be well and Be blessed! Dr. E