Which Halloween Candy Is Healthier?
Caramel Apple or Candy Apple?
The better choice: Candy apple.
No matter how they’re costumed—in melted caramel or a hard candy coating—these treats are both winners in a way, because they’ve got fiber and vitamins under those sugary disguises. But caramel is made with butter as well as sugar, which boosts its calorie and fat content. In contrast, a typical medium-sized candy apple will run 70 fewer calories than a caramel apple, and it contains no fat, says Sass. It’s worth noting, though, that the red dye that distinctively colors the sugar-based coating may be unhealthy, some studies suggest.
A healthier alternative: If you want to steer clear of red dye, add a little protein and heart-healthy fat, and be kinder to your teeth, says Garrett, try substituting apple slices with a smear of peanut butter. Just don’t attempt to hand them out to trick-or-treaters.
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So maybe you can’t change your health overnight. But you can get a head start.