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Easter Candy And Your Diet

By Ashley Hume
Posted On Mar 27, 2016
Easter Candy And Your Diet

Easter is here! A time for egg hunts, family gatherings and of course, indulging your sweet tooth. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spend $2.4 billion dollars on candy every Easter — which means this holiday can really wreak havoc on your diet.

While no Easter candy can really be considered diet-friendly, some options are arguably healthier than others. The Daily Mail’s FEMAIL team examined the calorie count, fat grams, and sugar content of your favorite Easter treats to determine which are the least guilt-inducing alternatives.

Candy to Avoid:

  • Butterfinger NestEggs. Better think twice before laying a finger on these chocolate peanut butter treats. A five piece single serving has 210 calories, 11g of fat, and 24g of sugar.
  • M&M Milk Chocolate Speckled Eggs. The pastel-colored Easter version of the classic candies are real diet-destroyers since they are bigger and denser than your average M&Ms. A 1.5oz serving has 210 calories, 9g of fat, and 27g of sugar.
  • Whoppers Robin Eggs. A single serving of 24 pieces packs in a whopping 190 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 30 of sugar.
  • Cadbury Crème Eggs and Cadbury Caramel Eggs. The popular and sought-after Easter favorites are a dieter’s nightmare. One Crème Egg has 150 calories, 6g of fat, and 20g of sugar while the Caramel Egg is even more fattening with 170 calories, 8g of fat, and 15g of sugar.

Candy to Eat(Sparingly) Instead:

  • Peeps are THE definitive Easter candy. While the squashy, chick-shaped marmallows can be more fun to play with than actually eat, Peeps are surprisingly one of the healthier Easter treats. But there’s a catch. While they are both fat-free and gluten-free, a single serving has 34g of sugar.
  • SweetTarts Chicks, Ducks, and Bunnies. Ten pieces of these cute candies have 50 calories, 0g of fat, and 12g of sugar.
  • Tic Tac Bunny Burst. Okay, a breath mint isn’t really a candy but if you want to get into the Easter spirit while sticking to your diet, Tic Tacs are the way to go. Each serving of one has less than two calories and no fat.

Before you dive into that wicker basket full of sugary goodness, take a minute to consider some sweet Easter treats that won’t completely derail your weight-loss goals.