It’s that time of year again. Time to breakout the pumpkins, costumes, and, of course, the candy. Did you know that Americans spend $2.4 billion on sweets for Halloween? So, it seems to me like everyone thinks there is nothing wrong with a little candy, right? I’m sure every individual is scanning the isles looking for their favorite treat or something they know will be a hit with the trick-or-treaters, but do they actually know what’s in that wrapper? Sure we know the basics; sugar, chocolate, nuts, etc, but what about that ingredients we can’t pronounce? They look more like a random combination of letters than actual words and these are the ingredients that can wreak havoc on the thyroid.
I’m sure you’re thinking, “But I can just avoid eating sweets all together. I have the will power to resist those treats!” Let’s be honest with ourselves, it’s pretty difficult to avoid those mini treats. We justify indulging in them because of their size. Thankfully you have another option. Rather than filling your cart and eventually your mouth with the candies that contain things like high fructose corn syrup, pesticides (in the chocolate), and other harmful things the candy makers have provided us with an alternative.
So now the question you’re probably asking yourself is, “What are the names of these treats and where can I get them?” After a little research you will find that there are actually quite a bit of these treats, but we have a few to highlight for you.
Endangered Species Chocolate (www.chocolatebar.com)
The name is a little bit of a mouthful, but so are these treats. If you are a chocolate lover, then this may be the brand for you. Endangered Species Chocolate is a non GMO product and they use palm oil (which has been shown to reduce the risk of a variety of conditions such as Vitamin A deficiency and cognitive impairment) as a base for the dairy free products. These treats are relatively easy to find because they are carried at a variety of grocery stores including Ralph’s, Wholes Foods, and Sprouts.
Unreal candy (mostly chocolate treats) uses descriptors like “no GMOs”, “no corn syrup”, and “no artificial stuff”. Already these are a huge step above the normal treats that we see on the shelves and they are not too difficult to find. Unreal is carried mainly at CVS and Target.
Yummy Earth (www.yummyearth.com)
Maybe you are over chocolate and would prefer something gummy or maybe even lollipops. Then Yummy Earth might be a good product to look into. The majority of their products (which include fruit snacks, gummy bears, sour beans, and lollipops) are “certified organic”, “all natural”, “fat free”, “gluten free”, and taste great. These tasty treats are available at Walgreens, Target, Costco, and thousands of other stores.
If these don’t satisfy your sweet tooth try doing your own research by simply reading the ingredients list. All of the items listed here do have sugar which is something you should monitor your intake of, especially if you have a thyroid issue. If you choose to change from the “normal” Halloween candy and decide to indulge just a little bit, at least you won’t be filling your body with various toxins and ingredients that you can’t identify. If you know of any treats that fall into this category, share it with us and with the NAH community.
Have a safe Halloween (and that includes watching what you put into your body)!