How Not To Poison Trick-or-Treaters This Halloween

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Growing up, I remember how excited I would get for Halloween trick-or-treating to begin. I'd rush home from school, put on my costume and mask, then run off with my sister to collect ginormous amounts of candy.

Of course the day wasn't a success unless our trick-or-treat bags were overflowing.

As a rule, we couldn't eat our candy until Mom sifted through the stash to ensure there were no loose candies or opened wrappers, since the big fear was candy tampering or worse, poisoning.

Alarmingly, today's parents still face the same food safety challenges, although they're being tricked by assuming the candy their children collected is safe.

In fact, parents needn't look any further than the candy's nutritional label to see their child, is by all accounts, being poisoned.

Yes, poisoned.

I know it sounds a bit dramatic, but what else would you call a processed foodstuff that sends your child's otherwise healthy immune system into overdrive, then repression?

Candy made from toxic substances like artificial colorings, preservatives, additives, MSG, refined sugar and GMOS, are in all truth, poisonous to the living organism, which makes your child's Halloween candy more of a dirty trick than a innocent treat. 

Flu season begins in October because ... 

An little known and unrecognized fact is that the flu is a diet related disease. The flu is vital action against a body that is malnourished and inadequately fed. Therefore, it is no coincidence that the vitality and health of a child disappears when they are depleted and their nutrition is inadequate. 

It is also no coincidence that the flu season begins in October as America's children load up on Halloween candy and continue to indulge in holiday treats well through Valentines Day. This type of junk eating, coupled with a reduction in Vitamin D from the sun during the cooler months, lays the groundwork for what is known as "flu season."

Refined Sugar Is A Depressant Of The Immune System

An undisputed study from 1973 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that for several hours after ingesting sugar, neutrophils, a form of white blood cells, were less effective at engulfing bacteria. 

Put simply, refine sugar depresses the immune system. 

If we have known since 1973, that refined sugar depresses the immune system. why haven't food companies done anything about it? Don't count on candy companies to move on this issue anytime soon. Their business is selling candy. It's up to us, the consumers to be well informed.

Then There's High Fructose Corn Syrup

If sugar depresses the immune system, what does High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) do? A Princeton University research team concluded that when it comes to weight gain, rats gained significantly more weight than those rats having access to refined sugar, even when overall caloric intake was the same.

HFCS is not a natural food. It is a genetically modified creation and by all accounts when it comes to your child's health, it is a sweet poison that causes your children to pile on the weight.

Food Companies Tamper With Candy More Than Anyone

By now you've heard of the antagonistic properties of artificial food colorings on children with ADHD, and the petroleum and tar (yes you heard that correctly) in your children's chewy candies. There's also trouble where ingredients are labeled "natural flavors," as this is a hidden form of MSG-- and it's doing a number on your child's brain health. 

While there are some companies that will be dropping these ingredients by 2017, it couldn't happen fast enough. That being said, you can avoid poisoning children this Halloween by making informed choices in what you decide to allow your children to eat and by what candy you distribute. 

Give Candy With a Purpose

Another way that candy really hurts children is in how it's processed. Thanks to holidays like Halloween, the candy business is a booming 70-billion-dollar industry. Hershey's, Nestle's and other candy companies use the human trafficking, slavery and brutal labor practices of 2.3 million children in the cocoa fields of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire to get their poisonous product to your child.

To avoid all the poisons that the trick-or-treating season brings, buy candy from sustainable companies with legitimate practices and moderate how much candy your children eat to preserve their health. By distributing candies that make a difference, you can support fair trade chocolate, organic and non-GMO candy companies by voting with your dollars.

By keeping an eye out for the tricks this Halloween and avoiding ingredients such as GMO soy, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial colorings, MSG, petroleum, tar, preservatives and other additives and ingredients in your child's trick-or-treat bag you can ensure you Halloween is a safe and happy one.