Consumer Reports: Counting Candy Calories

 

Today you may have been one of the millions who received candy as your valentines day gift. But that sweet stuff can certainly put a dent in your healthy eating efforts. Barry Levy joins with today's Consumer Report with some tips on how you can keep the calorie count down as you sample your box of chocolates.

I found an easy way to avoid valentine's day candy...I just ask my wife for more tools...a man just can't have enough tools and they're calorie free...but if your sweaty loves getting you the sweat stuff here's a good way to keep track of those candy calories.

It’s Valentine’s Day . And even if your sweetie doesn’t shower you with treats, they are still going to be around.

Maxine Siegel/Consumer Reports Nutritionist
“We looked at ten popular Valentine’s Day candies - and calculated how much it would take to add up to 100 calories. It’s an easy way to keep track of how much you’re consuming.”

If you have special desire for the Sweethearts conversation candies, you’re in luck. You can say “be mine” to 30 of these, which adds up to 100 calories.
Or you could have about 57 Brachs Cinnamon Imperial Hearts. And if your sweet tooth leans to sour, grab 18 SweetTarts Hearts.
If you’re lucky enough to receive chocolate, pace yourself. A hundred calories adds up fast-- about three of these dark chocolate hearts from Dove will hit the mark...
or two pieces of these Godiva Valentine’s Day Message Truffles...or about one piece of boxed chocolate  like Whitman’s Assorted or Ferrero Rocher Hazelnut Chocolates.
But guess what? Consumer Reports nutritionists say it’s okay to indulge your sweet tooth...once in awhile.

Maxine Siegel
“It’s okay to have a treat now and then, it actually can help you stick to a healthy eating pattern because you don’t feel so deprived.”

If you want to ration your intake, store your chocolate in a cool, dry place, not in the refrigerator, where it can pick up odors and flavors from other foods.

Here's something I've always wondered. If your chocolates develop a chalky haze on the surface, it usually means they’ve been stored improperly. But it’s usually just the surface, not the flavor, that’s been affected, and they’re safe to eat.
 


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