The Diet Detective: The Breakdown of Halloween Candy

Strawberry Twizzlers Twists

Calories: 30 per stick

Burn It: 10 minutes trick-or-treating

Ingredients: Corn syrup; enriched wheat flour (flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin and folic acid); sugar; cornstarch; contains two percent or less of: palm oil; salt; artificial flavor; mono and diglycerides; citric acid; potassium sorbate (preservative); artificial color (Red 40); mineral oil; soy lecithin; glycerin.

What You Need to Know:

Glycerin: According to CSPI, this maintains water content in a food. It's used as a source of energy and is considered safe.
Red 40 Lake: See above.

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Dum Dums Original Pops

Calories: 20 per lollipop

Burn It: 7 minutes trick-or-treating

Ingredients: Sugar, corn syrup, citric acid, malic acid, salt, artificial flavor, color added (includes Red 40, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Blue 1).

What You Need to Know:

Sugar and Corn Syrup: See above; not good, obviously.
Salt: Used as a preservative and for flavor. There is tremendous debate about whether salt can be detrimental to your health.
Malic Acid: Safe, brings out tartness in foods and is abundant in apples.
Citric Acid: Also safe, and used to create a tart flavor.
Added color: See above

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Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures

Calories: 44 per piece

Burn It: 15 minutes trick-or-treating

Ingredients: Milk chocolate (sugar; cocoa butter; chocolate; nonfat milk; milk fat; lactose; soy lecithin; PGPR, emulsifier); peanuts; sugar; dextrose; salt; TBHQ (preservative)

What You Need to Know:

Peanuts: Got to love them, unless you're allergic.

Dextrose: A type of sugar.

TBHQ (Tert-Butylhydroquinone): Prevents foods from going rancid.

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