by Holladay Allen
Native Foods Cafe
Candy has become a serious problem in this country. This sweet treat, along with soda and processed and fast food, is a major contributing factor to the growing health crisis in this country today; namely, diabetes & obesity, which lead to coronary heart disease and other fatal diseases. I hope you are still reading! I am not trying to ruin anyone’s Halloween extravaganza… just make you a little bit more aware.
The irony of candy is that it was first invented “a form of medicine, either used to calm the digestive system or cool a sore throat. In the Middle Ages candy appeared on the tables of only the most wealthy at first. At that time it began as a combination of spices and sugar that was used as an aid to digestive problems. Digestive problems were very common during this time due to the constant consumption of food that was neither fresh nor well balanced. Banquet hosts would typically serve these types of ‘candies’ at banquets for their guests. One of these candies, sometimes referred to as a 'chamber spice', was made with cloves, ginger, aniseed, juniper berries, almonds and pine kernels dipped in melted sugar.” (Wikipedia)
Photo of Ancient Egyptian Candy from Food.com
But candy has now become an “afternoon snack” or worse yet, “breakfast” for kids as they walk to school. Well what are the best choices if I am going to buy candy for Halloween? Truth is, there really aren’t any good choices available in most candy aisles. You can certainly find vegan candy if you are trying to avoid animal products. PETA updates it’s vegan candy list annually and you can find it here. But these products are still full of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors (which have been linked to several diseases and disorders).
Instead of candy, I think we should give out organic seeds for vegetable and fruit plants. A project that turns into food! Delicious, nutritious, and colorful food.
But if you must buy Halloween Candy this year, I would recommend the following two options…
1) For a fruity sweet treat, Yummy Earth Lollipops hit the spot. They are available online and you can find them at Whole Foods as well. They also provide a wealth of information concerning the ingredients they use on their website.
2) Small dark chocolate squares like these Organic Dark Chocolate Bug Bites. Again, you can find them online or in Whole Foods.
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