I’m doing a prerecorded online presentation to the V Congresso Nacional de Alimentos e Nutrição, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, at 8:00 p.m. on my book Unsavory Truth (Um Verdade Indigesta). Information about the conference is here. It runs from October 4 to 8.
Happy Halloween (or, as should be renamed, Candy Day)
Aren’t you happy that it’s that sweet, gooey time of year again?
Candy and Halloween didn’t always go hand in hand. It wasn’t until the 1950s that that candy industry started to push the stuff as a way to boost flagging fall sales.
The candy industry would love you to think:
- We eat so little candy that it makes no difference to our health.
- Kids who eat candy have healthier body weights than kids who don’t.
- Chocolate is a health food.
Kids do love candy, as this marketing report tells us. I’ll bet these favorites have everything to do with advertising budgets.
Does candy have a place in healthy diets? Sure, but in very small and occasional amounts.
Good luck getting through tonight’s trick-or-treat.
Happy Halloween, everyone.