8 Lower Sugar Candies That Still Satisfy My Sweet Tooth 2021

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I generally eat healthily, but I do have a sweet tooth. Give me a bag of Hi-Chew, a Cow Tale, or a handful of Sour Patch Kids, and I’m tucking it in. I have at least a small handful of candy every night, and often a bit during the day, too. It’s a little reward I give myself — something to look forward to that’s not a glass of wine or a beer. But I know my candy habit might come with long-term consequences that outweigh short-term pleasure. Sugar is pretty horrible for the human body. According to Harvard Health Publishing, added sugar can raise blood pressure, increase inflammation, and cause weight gain. “We encourage people to consume less than 100 daily calories from added sugar (six teaspoons),” said dietitian Kristen Carli, MS, RD, of Camelback Nutrition & Wellness. “But even when that’s not possible, reduction is still beneficial.”

Over the past few years, I’ve supplemented traditional candy with healthier sweets that scratch the itch but are lower in sugar and made with more natural, even organic, ingredients. Armed with Carli’s notes and my own years of candy connoisseurship, I’ve found eight not-as-bad-for-you sweets to enjoy this Halloween and beyond.

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