Let’s be real: candy and chocolate is ABSOLUTELY delicious! There’s no two ways about it.
No matter how hard you try to deny it, there’s something alluring about a candy or chocolate bar with your name on it. Whether you prefer the nougat of Snickers, the caramel of Milky Way, or the wafers of Kit Kat, it’s tough to say “no” when offered candy.
Sadly, chocolate candy bars can be pretty bad for your health! Not only are they high in calories, but they’re almost entirely sugar. There’s no fiber to slow down the sugar absorption, so your body receives a massive influx of sugar all at once. This can lead to blood sugar spikes and drops, and ultimately contribute to your risk of diabetes.
Here is what you can expect from your more popular candy bars:
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Of course, not all candy and chocolate bars are created equal. While very few can actually be considered “healthy”, here are some that could be considered “less bad” than the rest:
York Peppermint Patty — There’s a lot to love about Peppermint Patties. First of all, they’re small, so you’re far less likely to overindulge. They’re also lower in calories than the others (just 140 calories), and they contain just 2.5 grams of fat. They contain dark chocolate, so they’re more natural and provide antioxidants. Finally, the mint in the center will satiate your sweet tooth, but will also help to shut down your appetite. This is the perfect candy to eat to STOP eating candy.
Figamajigs — This unusual candy bar is made using figs as the sweetener. This means that the bar actually contains some healthy fiber, which helps to slow the rate at which your body absorbs sugar. You get just 130 calories per bar, but it’s a more “natural” sweet treat than most of the candy and chocolate bars on the list above.
Mounds — If you love coconut, this is the candy for you. There are 200 calories in a single bar (so not too low in calories), but you get 3.5 grams of unsaturated fats (from the nuts and coconuts). If you MUST have a Snickers-type bar, you’d do well to go for a Mounds instead.
Chunkie — Each of these bars contain 173 calories, as well as 10 grams of fat. They’re not the lowest in calories, but they’re certainly a good option for those who want an alternative to Snickers, Kit Kat, or 3 Musketeers bars.
M&M Minis — If you are looking for something small to help you get your sweet tooth under control, this 1-ounce tube of M&Ms is a solid way to go. You’ll still get a bit of sugar and fat, but not as much as you would from a proper-size package of M&Ms. They also contain more chocolate than bars made with nougat or caramel, as well as a whole lot less sugar!
100 Grand — While the creamy center may make you believe this is an unhealthy choice, 100 Grand is actually one of the best of the classic candy bars. You get just 180 calories per regular-sized bar, and no more than 8 grams of fat. If you MUST have a candy bar, there are worse options to consider.
Lindt Bars — Lindt is a Swiss manufacturer that uses 70% cocoa for their chocolate bars, meaning you get more antioxidants and polyphenols than most milk chocolates. Buy the dark chocolate options, and you’ll find that the candy bars can almost do more good than harm in the long run!