“Eat This, Not That” has ranked loads of Halloween candies by how bad for your health they are…
On its website, the company gives advice on what candy to secretly pocket from your child’s halloween bucket, and what to avoid.
The factors used for rankings include calorie count (anything with 70 calories or above scored low); fat count; and ingredients (candies got points off for containing more artificial colors than others).
The company says the worst Halloween candy is Airheads Minibars. Each bar has 46 calories and 6.3 grams of sugar. The company says three mini-bars have more sugar and calories than half a cup of Edy’s slow-churned mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Next on the list is Hot Tamales. It says the two main ingredients are sugar and corn syrup, with modified food starch forming the hard shell. Also, the red color comes from Red 40, which Canadian researchers found to be contaminated with known carcinogens.
Now for the #1 candy… Jelly Belly Jelly Beans! Jelly Belly uses real fruit purees to flavor the beans. And while it’s still candy in every sense, and only four calories per bean, they’re the slimmest way to enjoy cotton candy, toasted marshmallows and strawberry shortcake.
For the complete list of Halloween candies ranked, click here.