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Valentine Ignatov
Valentine Ignatov

Candy May

How much candy can one little trick-or-treater collect on Halloween? An average Jack-O-Lantern bucket carries about 250 pieces of candy amounting to about 9,000 calories and about three pounds of sugar.

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A recent survey by Bloomburg Market found that nationwide candy has skyrocketed more than any other item for the Halloween holiday. Up 13-percent on average since last year at this time (and sometimes much more in certain locations), candy has become a luxury for some who cannot afford to pass out hundreds of little pieces of chocolate and other treats to those who come knocking at their doors this year.

Hershey's Chocolate Company had originally announced in the summer that it was having difficult obtaining necessary supplies from overseas, especially from the crops normally grown in and near Russia due to the war with Ukraine. Their initial warning was there might not be enough candy on the shelves at all but once shipping log jams were fixed in August, Hershey's walked back its dire warning by saying there would be candy but what they didn't say was at what price.

Other candy manufacturers reported difficulties with obtaining beet sugar, a base for nearly all candies, due to the drought conditions that decimated much of the northern states. When sugar prices rose quickly due to lack of supply, finished sweets also rose in price.

They can raise your blood sugar level if consumed in large quantities. In children it can even interfere with growth and bone strength. With this in mind, it is understandable that parents be worried about sugar intake on Halloween. However, we simply recommend monitoring candy consumption on this day and leading up the holidays while practicing strict, healthy oral care habits. Prohibiting the candy will only make your child want it more.

If the pieces stay for too long, bacteria can begin to multiply which starts building plaque and tartar which can eventually lead to tooth decay or gum disease. We highly recommend brushing right after eating candy, if possible. If not, we recommend drinking a glass of water to help wash away any remaining particles.

Certain ultra-processed foods, such as candy, pastries and frozen desserts, may be "gateway" foods for adolescents, leading them to eat higher quantities of other unhealthy foods, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association's Hypertension Scientific Sessions 2022, Sept. 7-10, 2022 in San Diego. The meeting is the premier scientific exchange focused on recent advances in basic and clinical research on high blood pressure and its relationship to cardiac and kidney disease, stroke, obesity and genetics. googletag.cmd.push(function() googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1450190541376-1'); ); The research suggests that reducing consumption of key gateway foods may make an impact in overall consumption of ultra-processed foods, which are high in sugar, salt, unhealthy trans fat and artificial flavors and colors. Ultra-processed foods such as bread, cereals, desserts, sodas and processed meats comprise more than 60% of the calories Americans eat each day. Previous research has linked high consumption of ultra-processed foods with hypertension, weight gain, increased risk of heart disease and premature death.

Balhara gathered data on how frequently adolescents consumed 12 ultra-processed food products during the previous 8 weeks. Ultra-processed foods included prepackaged cookies, candy, chips, chocolate, energy drinks, frozen desserts, soda, store-bought pastries, store-bought smoothies, syrup-sweetened coffee or tea, white bread and processed meat. Study participants included 315 teens, ages 13-19 recruited from 12 high schools in South Florida between February and April 2022. Average BMI among participants was 22.8 (indicating normal body weight), and 56% of participants self-identified as white, 25.2 % as Hispanic and 7.6% as Black. In addition, 52.2% of participants identified as female, 41.6% male, 3.2% nonbinary, and the rest did not specify their gender.

"For teenagers whose consumption of ultra-processed foods has not yet been established, certain gateway foods such as candy, store-bought pastries and frozen desserts should be avoided, since increased consumption of these foods appears to lead to increased consumption of other processed foods," Balhara said.

The main objective of this survey was to obtain follow-up information regarding the presence and levels of undeclared egg, gluten, and soy in all types of candy such as hard candy, soft candy, excluding chocolate and chewing gum. The previous survey was conducted in 2014 to 2015 to obtain baseline information regarding the presence and levels of undeclared gluten in candy. This follow-up survey was designed to expand upon the previous survey for undeclared gluten in candy. The rationale was a belief in the existence of a higher potential for cross-contamination during the manufacturing process for these particular types of products. 199 candy samples were tested in this survey. Samples included a variety of domestic and imported hard (mints, lollypops, etc.) and soft candies (jelly beans, gummies, etc.). There were no confirmed positive results obtained for undeclared egg, gluten, or soy in this survey. Limited comparison between this and the previous survey indicates similar, low instances of undeclared gluten present in the types of candy sampled.

The original survey was conducted in 2014 to 2015 fiscal year to obtain baseline information regarding the presence and levels of undeclared gluten in candy (Undeclared Gluten in Candy 2014 to 2015). The current, follow-up survey was designed to expand upon the previous study as there was a belief in the existence of a higher potential for cross-contamination during the manufacturing process for these particular types of products. This report presents the results of this follow-up survey conducted to look at the levels of undeclared egg, gluten, and soy in hard and soft candy, excluding chocolate and chewing gum. All products in both surveys were tested "as sold," meaning that they were not prepared as per manufacturer's instructions or as they would typically be consumed.

The main objective of this survey was to obtain additional baseline information regarding the presence and levels of undeclared egg, gluten, and soy in candy. Candy was divided into 2 categories, hard and soft. These categories consisted of, but were not limited to, products such as gummies, fruit chews, jelly beans, drops and mints.

In total, 199 candy samples were collected between May 2015 and March 2016 from national retail chains and local/regional grocery stores located in 6 major cities across Canada. These cities represented the 4 CFIA operational areas and included Atlantic Canada (Halifax), Quebec (Montreal), Ontario (Toronto, Ottawa), and Western Canada (Vancouver, Calgary). The number of samples collected from these cities was in proportion to the relative population of the respective areas.

A similar survey was conducted in 2014 to 2015 fiscal year to obtain baseline information regarding the presence and levels of gluten in candy. The previous survey found 4 positive gluten samples out of 600 products tested. There were no confirmed positive results found in this survey. Comparison between the 2 surveys indicates a similar, low instance of undeclared gluten in candy. Based on the information generated by both surveys CFIA believes there is likely a lower probability of finding undeclared egg, gluten and soy in these types of products. No follow-up surveys are planned for these products.

Now, according to an article I saw on, there are illegal recreational drugs out there that are in candy form. Authorities are saying that the candy-like drugs aren't designed or intended for children but when the characters are Homer Simpson, Hello Kitty, the Minions from Despicable Me and others you can understand how people might get a little nervous with Halloween right around the corner. This year it's even more important to go through the kid's candy and make sure everything is in a familiar package as in a recognizable brand. Hey, you're probably going to go through it anyway so you know what to steal from your kids.

Peppermint candy may seem like a harmless treat, but it can be toxic to dogs. While the minty flavor may appeal to humans, dogs have a much more sensitive digestive system and can suffer serious side effects if they consume sugar-free peppermint candy. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is toxic to dogs. Xylitol is used in many sugar-free candies, gums, baked goods, and more. When ingested by dogs, xylitol can cause a rapid insulin release, leading to a life-threatening drop in blood sugar and potentially liver failure. In severe cases, xylitol poisoning can be fatal.

If you suspect your dog has ingested peppermint candy, it is important to seek veterinary care as soon as possible. Call your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 for medical help. Once you get to the clinic your vet may induce vomiting for rapid decontamination. Your vet will administer IV fluids and medications to ease symptoms. Frequent monitoring of blood sugar levels and liver values is required during care. Avoid taking a trip to the animal hospital during the holiday season and take the right steps to keep your beloved furry friend safe! 041b061a72


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