Halloween's over, but the calorie danger is just beginning. Here's help.
Trick or treating is for kids, but the candy sure can be tempting to grown-ups. Whether you’re inclined to raid your children's loot or help yourself to the leftovers that didn’t get handed out at your house Saturday night, here are some websites that might persuade you to beat back that urge to eat a dozen Skittles fun packs in one sitting:
- Good Housekeeping has this Halloween Candy Quiz that reveals the calorie count of popular goodies. Try it and find out which will do more damage to your waistline – two Rolos or a small pack of M&Ms?
- About.com offers this calculator to help you compute how many miles you’ll need to walk to burn off such treats as candy corn, Tootsie Rolls and candy bars of all sizes.
- If scare tactics work best for you, head straight to Evil Halloween Candy, which lists the calorie count of favorites including Kit Kat bars, York Peppermint Patties and Milk Duds. (Their counts are somewhat higher than I found on other sites.)
- This post from the MomLogic blog includes additional nutritional information, such as fat, carbs and protein. (Apparently each Reese’s peanut butter cup contains 1 gram of protein.) Some serving sizes on this site are much bigger than the usual Halloween “fun size.”
- And it may be too late now, but WebMD offers tips for those who wish to indulge more responsibly. For example, stick to plain chocolate bars instead of candies loaded with caramel, coconut and other goodies. Or select dark chocolate bars instead of white chocolate.
-- Karen Kaplan
Photo: Proceed with caution. Photo credit: Los Angeles Times