Halloween is the one day a year when everyone can appreciate a good fright. But for many, the scariest part of Halloween is actually what comes next: realizing what eating several pounds of candy does to a person’s body.
It can be easy to lose track of just how unhealthy candy is, especially during times like Halloween and Christmas, when candy companies roll out themed editions of their sweet treats. It can be especially hard to avoid candy in certain states that really love Halloween, candy, or both. For instance, Arizona’s annual candy consumption is 29,337 pounds per 100,000 people, the most in the nation. We ranked every state’s Halloween obsession.
24/7 Tempo compiled a list of popular Halloween candy and what it would take to burn off their calories. We used data from Nutritionix, a food and nutrition database, with values based on a person weighing 140 lbs. Heavier people may burn calories in less time because it takes them more energy to perform a certain activity. Conversely, smaller people may need more time.
When considering how long it would take to burn calories based on certain activities, Nutritionix assumed walkers would walk at a pace of 3 miles per hour, runners would run at a pace of 6 mph, and cyclists would ride at a pace of 10 mph.
The main concern with candy, and the reason it is so bad for you, is that it is full of sugar. Sugar has little nutritional value and packs on a lot of calories. If you want to reduce your sugar intake, we’ve compiled a list of the top ways to cut sugar and boost your health.