Easter is almost upon us, and all those novelty Easter candies have been on store shelves since the day after Valentine’s Day. But before you indulge in your favorites, you must understand the detrimental effects some of these sweets can have on your health.
The majority of these treats, including Peeps, Cadbury Crème Eggs, and hard candies are full of sugar. Think twice before reaching for them, as too much sugar can damage your liver, cause metabolic dysfunction, weight gain, and increase your uric acid levels.
This holiday is full of chocolate covered everything. Swap out your milk chocolate for dark chocolate. Milk chocolate has very little nutritional value, while dark chocolate has numerous health benefits. It provides a powerful source of antioxidants, it may help lower your blood pressure, improve your blood flow, and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Easter candies are also likely to be wrapped with a sugary coating. For instance, Pastel Jordan Almonds, Easter Pastel M&M’s, and Reese’s Pieces Pastel Easter Eggs all have pastel colored shells that cover the underlying treat. The colorful sugary shell isn’t all it’s cracked out to be. It’s bad for your teeth, high in fructose, and lacks essential nutrients.
Fortunately, for each harmful Easter candy, there is a healthy alternative. So, think twice about which Easter candy you pull off the shelf and choose the healthy option!