Celebrating with Natural Sweets: The Halloween Edition

With Halloween around the corner, we thought we would (re)share some new and favorite resources for more healthful candy. Afterall, candy is a part of childhood and many of the upcoming holidays. At least, it certainly was in our household when we were kids (visits to the penny candy store in town were a favorite weekend activity and filling our pumpkin bags with treats on Halloween something we looked forward to all year!). And while we certainly don’t think sugar is great for our health or our children’s health—what really bothers us about candy  is the food dyes, additives, and preservatives. Artificial food dyes have been linked to hyperactivity, ADHD, cancer and food allergies. For more detailed information about the effects of food dyes check out the article Just Say No to Blue, Red, Blue and Yellow on one of our favorite websites Healthy Child, Healthy World.

Sun Drops (like M&Ms) from the Natural Candy Store

Here’s what goes through my head when I’m in the grocery store deciding whether or not to buy candy… Who makes this stuff and markets it to kids? And don’t they care about what they’re feeding children? I try to use my power as a consumer to choose products made without artificial food dyes… if enough people stop buying what they’re selling, maybe they’ll make a change. We know big companies have the ability to make many foods with natural dyes because they have replaced artificial food dyes with natural food dyes in Europe, but continue to sell the same product here in the United States with the artificial food dyes. See the article “Toxins on our Kid’s food.” If we’re going to see a change, we need to create the demand in this country by being conscious consumers.

Now typically we don’t mention products in our blogs, but occasionally a product or resource strikes us as “in service” and we want to share. That’s how Alison and I feel about the Natural Candy Store, which has candy with “no artificial colors or dyes, no artificial flavors, no artificial preservatives, no artificial sweeteners and no hydrogenated oils.” Much of the candy is also organic. Of course it’s still candy and has sugar, which I’m not saying is healthful, but in moderation and on holidays I think it’s exactly what it should be—a treat. For the most part I can handle watching them eat sugar on holidays knowing that at least I didn’t fill their bodies with chemicals!

Our friends Pamela Salzman and Rachel Sarnoff, just introduced us to a few more great resources for candy that you can learn about in Pamela’s blog: Choosing Higher Quality Halloween Candy

Licorice from the Natural Candy Store

Wishing you and your little ghosts and goblins a Happy Halloween!

p.s. And just because it’s fun and the season of treats… check out this little treat that the adults can enjoy too—Pumpkin Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting! But we’ll be back to our green smoothies on November 1st – we swear!

Natural Candy Photo Credit: James Carlin

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