Halloween Candy Carb counts

Type1Lou
By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2014-10-31 19:12:40 -0500
Started 2014-10-22 09:12:54 -0500

Here's a list from the ADA about the carbs in many popular Halloween Candy treats:
http://www.diabetes.org/assets/pdfs/living/ca...

We don't live in a vacuum and it helps to know how many carbs are in various treats before or if we indulge. Hope you find it useful!


13 replies

Carol2399
Carol2399 2014-10-27 20:14:02 -0500 Report

I count calories, and I also count fat. Never eat anything that is white except fish and vegetables. White foods are potatos, rice, pasta, bread (all breads are made with flour), so if it has white ingredients in it or is white in appearance, avoid it!!
That will leave out most of your carbs anyways and will leave out most calories. This rule of thumb has never failed me and I stick to it pretty much in everyday life and have never gained back the weight. Besides not eating a ton of chocolate,

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-10-28 07:51:25 -0500 Report

I have found by just tracking the carbs, I have been able to maintain good control of my diabetes and keep my weight at 120 lbs. I pay no attention to the calories or fats. The important thing is for each of us to find a way that works for us since we all react differently and may tolerate different levels. But I think we're both saying that limiting carbs is the key to better control.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-10-31 19:12:40 -0500 Report

I've had pretty good success losing weight just counting carbs (162 pounds to date) but I do also keep track of fats and protein … to make sure I am getting enough. In the absence of carbohydrates your body needs the other two macro nutrients to fuel itself or it will start "burning" muscle.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-10-22 17:24:21 -0500 Report

Hi Lou
I must say that don't do. Halloween at all anymore. My children are grown so I keep the porch light out and watch tv in the bedroom. I was mugged by a homeless person my last Halloween that I passed out candy. That ended that. Candy that isn't sugar free is wrong for us. Even to much sugar free is bad if you don't follow the recommended amount per serving. Once a day, they do contain
Lots of carbs. Happy Halloween to you though.
Hugs. VL

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-24 12:26:44 -0500 Report

I eat both kinds both sugar free and real. Now that it is cooler out, I carry a Milky Way with me every time I leave my house. I don't think it is fair to say it is wrong for all of us or bad for all of us. I find that when people say that, they are including every diabetic in the "us" and "we" words.

Last Thursday and Friday, I sat in on the Police Department's Interview Panel. I ate lunch at 2. Left my house at 4:30 to get the Subway. I got off and walked 5 blocks to Headquarters. Great exercise for me. Around 5:45 I felt like I was getting low so I went in the ladies room checked my sugar and it was down to 70. I am good at 80. I ate my Milky Way and I was fine. Interviews started at 6 pm and we took a break at 7:30 for a sandwiches. The same thing Friday only we were there much later and I ended up eating that Milky Way at 10pm so what you say is wrong for "us" ended up being good for me.

I eat what I want to eat based on what my blood sugar levels are so in the middle of the day if I want a candy bar I eat it but I also go out and walk around the block several times.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-24 12:26:39 -0500 Report

I eat both kinds both sugar free and real. Now that it is cooler out, I carry a Milky Way with me every time I leave my house. I don't think it is fair to say it is wrong for all of us or bad for all of us. I find that when people say that, they are including every diabetic in the "us" and "we" words.

Last Thursday and Friday, I sat in on the Police Department's Interview Panel. I ate lunch at 2. Left my house at 4:30 to get the Subway. I got off and walked 5 blocks to Headquarters. Great exercise for me. Around 5:45 I felt like I was getting low so I went in the ladies room checked my sugar and it was down to 70. I am good at 80. I ate my Milky Way and I was fine. Interviews started at 6 pm and we took a break at 7:30 for a sandwiches. The same thing Friday only we were there much later and I ended up eating that Milky Way at 10pm so what you say is wrong for "us" ended up being good for me.

I eat what I want to eat based on what my blood sugar levels are so in the middle of the day if I want a candy bar I eat it but I also go out and walk around the block several times.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-24 12:11:33 -0500 Report

I eat both kinds both sugar free and real. Now that it is cooler out, I carry a Milky Way with me every time I leave my house. I don't think it is fair to say it is wrong for all of us or bad for all of us. I find that when people say that, they are including every diabetic in the "us" and "we" words.

Last Thursday and Friday, I sat in on the Police Department's Interview Panel. I ate lunch at 2. Left my house at 4:30 to get the Subway. I got off and walked 5 blocks to Headquarters. Great exercise for me. Around 5:45 I felt like I was getting low so I went in the ladies room checked my sugar and it was down to 70. I am good at 80. I ate my Milky Way and I was fine. Interviews started at 6 pm and we took a break at 7:30 for a sandwiches. The same thing Friday only we were there much later and I ended up eating that Milky Way at 10pm so what you say is wrong for "us" ended up being good for me.

I eat what I want to eat based on what my blood sugar levels are so in the middle of the day if I want a candy bar I eat it but I also go out and walk around the block several times.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-24 12:11:25 -0500 Report

I eat both kinds both sugar free and real. Now that it is cooler out, I carry a Milky Way with me every time I leave my house. I don't think it is fair to say it is wrong for all of us or bad for all of us. I find that when people say that, they are including every diabetic in the "us" and "we" words.

Last Thursday and Friday, I sat in on the Police Department's Interview Panel. I ate lunch at 2. Left my house at 4:30 to get the Subway. I got off and walked 5 blocks to Headquarters. Great exercise for me. Around 5:45 I felt like I was getting low so I went in the ladies room checked my sugar and it was down to 70. I am good at 80. I ate my Milky Way and I was fine. Interviews started at 6 pm and we took a break at 7:30 for a sandwiches. The same thing Friday only we were there much later and I ended up eating that Milky Way at 10pm so what you say is wrong for "us" ended up being good for me.

I eat what I want to eat based on what my blood sugar levels are so in the middle of the day if I want a candy bar I eat it but I also go out and walk around the block several times.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-24 12:11:00 -0500 Report

I eat both kinds both sugar free and real. Now that it is cooler out, I carry a Milky Way with me every time I leave my house. I don't think it is fair to say it is wrong for all of us or bad for all of us. I find that when people say that, they are including every diabetic in the "us" and "we" words.

Last Thursday and Friday, I sat in on the Police Department's Interview Panel. I ate lunch at 2. Left my house at 4:30 to get the Subway. I got off and walked 5 blocks to Headquarters. Great exercise for me. Around 5:45 I felt like I was getting low so I went in the ladies room checked my sugar and it was down to 70. I am good at 80. I ate my Milky Way and I was fine. Interviews started at 6 pm and we took a break at 7:30 for a sandwiches. The same thing Friday only we were there much later and I ended up eating that Milky Way at 10pm so what you say is wrong for "us" ended up being good for me.

I eat what I want to eat based on what my blood sugar levels are so in the middle of the day if I want a candy bar I eat it but I also go out and walk around the block several times.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-10-23 09:59:48 -0500 Report

My husband and I are seniors (although mentally, I have trouble getting my head around that categorization…until I look in the mirror!) Over the last few years, we've noticed a very marked decrease in kids going door to door for Halloween treats. Last year no one rang our bell. But the treats seem to be everywhere you go and it's good to know the carb values of different treats to determine if and how many you want to eat …some are better than others. I agree with you that sugar-free candy is not always a low-carb alternative; it usually doesn't taste as good, and can have other unwelcomed gastric effects. I'm volunteering tomorrow at our local library for an annual children's Halloween program. I love seeing the little ones in their costumes. They craft a Halloween bag and then "Trick or Treat" at several stations distributing goodies. I've been manning one of the distributing stations for the past several years.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-10-22 15:42:30 -0500 Report

This is why we have given up Halloween. That and the kids are too old. I like the little ones, not the teens that are almost adults.