Ditch the Halloween Candy and Go for Healthier Sweet Alternatives
That’s right. When you pop jelly beans and candy corn in your mouth, your ingesting “shellac,” or beetle secretions (it’s used to make the waxy coating). According to the Food and Drug Administration, chocolate bars can contain eight insect fragments. (On a side note, chocolate can have as much as 60 insect fragments per 100 grams before they’ll take action).
And any candy with red dye is icky too: To make that red dye, cochineal insects are ground up to create the brilliant red color–the ingredient is called “carmine.”
If you’re a vegetarian or vegan—or if you want to avoid eating insects—then stay away from traditional Halloween candy. (Some people are allergic to cochineal insects, so avoiding the ingredient is especially important for these folks.)
Sure, cochineal has no known health risks, aside from being an allergen to some, and it’s used in other products you probably use, such as cosmetics. But why devour insect-filled candy when there are other sweet options on Halloween?
You should be staying away from traditional candy anyway because it contains high fructose syrup, saturated fat and loads of calories!
So what can you nosh on this Halloween to satisfy your sweet tooth?