I posted a great site for ordering Easter candy. But, if I can just go to a store and get what I need, I always prefer that. I ran into my local health food store yesterday and found some Vitamin C Pops and Fresh Fruit Candy Drops by Yummy Earth that looked good. All organic, gluten free, real fruit extracts and no artificial dyes or flavors. They do contain natural sweeteners. So with that, I wanted to share the following:
I read this recently. The subject is natural sweeteners. "Sugar is sugar is sugar is sugar. There is a little benefit from raw organic honey- so if you have seasonal allergies eat ½ teaspoon a day (yep, that was ½ of a teaspoon!). So this idea of organic sugar, raw sugar, agave, etc. being healthy is ridiculous. Your body handles it all the same, it raises blood sugar, raises insulin, increases oxidative stress, inflammation and stress hormones. It also causes AGES – that is where sugar binds to proteins without the need of enzymes and accelerates aging."
Wow. So there it is. Yes, you should no doubt avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup, but really, we need to watch all sweeteners. I won't even go into Artificial Sweeteners. You know better than that. :)
But, this is candy we are talking about. This is a special treat and I try not to be the Food Police with the kids.
I will be making a trip to Party City and buying fun stickers and trinkets to add to the other eggs. This year I am going to put money into some too. Taking the focus away from what candy is found.
I also found this great recipe for anyone wanting to make their own chocolate. I thought it sounded great and looks easy to do. Find a cute bunny mold and these would be perfect for the baskets. Wrap them up in cellophane and add a pretty bow.
Hope you all have a Blessed Easter.
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