We all know how how good candy is, right? The sugary goodness is what makes Halloween the best holiday of the year. What’s even better than Halloween itself is all of the discounted bags of giant candy you can get at the supermarket on November 1st. While you might not be trick-or-treating this year, odds are you will end up at a costume party and there will probably be some candy laying around. Or maybe you will be trick-or-treating this year, in which case good for you! But while your first instinct may be to just TREAT YO’ SELF, you might want to read up on what all of that sugar actually does to your body.
Obviously, you are allowed to eat candy. It’s amazing and delicious, and you can totally eat it on ocassion without it harming you. But there are some pretty scary things that can happen to your body when you eat too much candy. I’m not trying to scare you, but it’s important to be aware of what you are putting into your body, so that you can take care of yourself! Take a look at some things too much candy can do to you, and make sure to keep it in mind next time you head to your candy stash.
It Can Get You AddictedThis sounds weird, but all of the sugar in your Halloween candy (or any candy, for that matter) can trigger an "addiction" to sugar, which means when you don't have your daily candy fix, you can experience headaches, shakes or even anxiety. Try not to overdo it with the candy this year, in order to avoid these awful withdrawal side effects. Image Source: iStock
It Can Confuse Your Body Into Eating MoreYou know how once you start eating candy, you just can't stop? Well, there is a reason for that. The excess amount of sugar and carbs can actually make it hard for your body to signal to your brain that you are getting full, which will just cause you to eat even MORE of your delicious candy. Not to say eating candy is terrible, but you should definitely proceed with caution. Image Source: iStock
It Can Make You DepressedUgh. We all love to have a candy bar when we are feeling ~sad~ but that might not be the best idea. Studies have shown that food high in sugar and starch, like chocolate, can actually lead to depression. To make matters worse, women in particular are at risk the most! Image Source: iStock
It Can Cause WrinklesOkay, I didn't believe this one at first, but there is actually a lot of evidence that suggests that too much candy can cause wrinkles later on in life. Any type of sugar (high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, etc.) can suppress your white blood cells, which can cause a reaction called 'glycation.' What all of this science lingo means is that all of the sugar from your fave candy can effect your skin's elasticity and cause wrinkles. Image Source: iStock
Or Make You SickIn addition to giving you wrinkles, the sugar overload can lower your immune system's ability to fight off diseases like the flu and the common cold. No wonder cold and flu season is right after Halloween, am I right?! You can enjoy your candy, but be sure to get your daily dose of Vitamin C so you can fight off those nasty illnesses. Image Source: iStock
It Can Hurt Your HeartStudies have shown that the amount of sugar you eat can put you at risk for heart disease later in life. Popular candy bars like Snickers can have up to 30 grams of sugar, which is actually over the American Heart Association's recommended daily amount of sugar. So, if you want to protect your heart, be sure to limit your sugar intake this Halloween. You an always stash your candy and eat it over the next few months. I won't tell! Image Source: iStock
It Can Make You Feel DumbMy mom used to tell me that candy makes you dumb, and now there is actually scientific evidence to prove her right. High fructose corn syrup, which is found in many Halloween candies like candy corn, have been proven to alter your brain’s ability to retain memories and remember facts AKA, candy can make studying for that big test almost impossible. That's why it's important to eat some brain food, like fruits and veggies, when cramming for school. Image Source: iStock
Which of these facts surprised you the most? Are you still going to eat candy this Halloween? Tell us in the comments!