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Halloween Candy: TRICK or TREAT

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As the Rutgers campus becomes dark and scary this October 31st, make sure to be on the lookout for ghosts, goblins, and the possibly spookiest terror of all – CANDY! In the year 2010, each person in the United States consumed, on average, 25 pounds of candy. The spook about candy is that it can be a nutritional nightmare! This is due to its empty calories and promotion of dental cavities. However, don’t be frightened, the dining halls provide many alternatives if you choose to go candy free this Halloween.

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  • Looking for something sour? Granny Smith apples are the perfect ta rt item to replace sour candies while providing an extra boost of fiber.
  • Searching for something to satisfy your sweet tooth? Instead of gummy bears or worms, enjoy foods with a naturally chewy texture like raisins or halloween+owl+vintage+image+graphicsfairy008dried fruits. Unlike candy, they are packed with Vitamin C.
  • Is it salt you crave? Candy bars with peanut butter and salted caramel may be very tempting, but trail mix made with nuts and dry cereal is a lower salt alternatives offered in the dining halls.
  • Chocolate is a must have on Halloween, right? There is nothing wrong with indulging in a piece of chocolate every now and then, but moderation is the key. Keep your intake to a few small pieces of dark chocolate when celebrating this season.

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Don’t Let Halloween Treats TRICK You!

Author: Morgan Blonder                                                                                       Reviewed By: Mrs. Worobey, Dept. of Nutritional Sciences
References: Halloween: Oct. 21, 2011. Available at:
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb11-ff20.html. Accessed on: October 11th, 2012. It’s Not a Trick: Halloween Treats Can be Healthy. Available at: http://extension.umaine.edu/blog/2010/10/12/halloween-treats-can-be-healthy/. Accessed on: October 11th, 2012.

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