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The #1 Halloween Candy Mistake You're Making

Don't do this and you won't have to worry about your waistline and your health.

Filling up a sack of candy while trick-or-treating is every kid's dream, and apparently, it is their parents' too. According to a poll from Morning Consult and the National Confectioners Association, 79% of parents say they take Halloween treats from their kids. It may seem harmless, but making this candy mistake adds unneeded calories, sugar, and fat to your diet.

It's well-known that sugar can cause things like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and a slew of other health risks. If almost 80% of all parents do take some of their kid's candy, that's a lot of people consuming toxic treats. The survey finds that these parents swipe a few pieces, but that 31% of all adults are planning on stashing away more of their favorite candy for later. (To help offset all this candy, here are the 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.)

The American Heart Association recommends women eat less than 32 grams of sugar a day and men less than 36 grams. So say you swipe a Butterfinger after the kids are asleep. One bar not only has 250 calories, but it has 10 grams of fat and 21 grams of sugar. One Snickers bar also has 250 calories but contains 12 grams of fat and 28 grams of sugar along with that. Eating these suddenly adds 500 calories, over 20 grams of fat, and over 40 grams of sugar to your day. Just one 3 Musketeers bar gives you almost the same amount of sugar as those two. It also puts both women and men over the daily recommended limit.

It's not just the regular-sized bars and bags that will do you in. You may be inclined to take a few more mini pieces since they are smaller and seem healthier… But snack and fun-sized treats contain just as much of the harmful ingredients as their full-sized counterparts.

If you're going to enjoy some in honor of Halloween, don't make this candy mistake. There are a few we recommend instead, including Dum Dums, Smarties, and Nerds. Here is every single Halloween candy — ranked!

Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda
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