Holiday Candies Expanding Waistlines – Shelby Sun

Each fall Halloween kicks off the candy eating season- still to come are Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Valentines Day. By the end, an average American would have gained an extra pound of weight. Thought this may not seem much, we never shed this extra pound, and it accumulates through the years.

No doubt, candies are the prime culprits in expanding our waste lines. For example, a Snickers Bar (57g) has 273 calories, which is 14% of an average daily recommended allowance of calories. Nearly all the candy bars have 200-300 calories – so there is no escaping.

Now, however, low-sugar and low-fat candies are becoming more available. In fact, the sales of “diet-candies” have quadrupled from 2000 to 2004 with estimated sales of $495 million last year. Russell Stove is the leading manufacturer with their toffees, and Hershey is close behind.

Healthy candies may be part of the answer to our holiday candy cravings, but we must not forget that the best candies are nature’s candies like dried fruits, grapes and raisins.