Parents Guide to Safe(r) Halloween Candy

Can Halloween be fun without subjecting our kids to suppressed immune function, poor brain function, hyperactivity, fatigue, mood swings, allergic reactions, digestive disturbances, carcinogens, and hormone disruptors?


Of course! It’s not difficult – it’s just different. We do so much to keep our kids safe, why would we give them toxins on purpose? Where’s the treat in that?!


Today’s candy is not the candy from our childhood. Today’s is likely to contain more than one of the following toxic chemicals or substances.



Please keep this list handy and go through your kids’ loot after their big night out

Acesulfame potassium / Ace-K, Sucralose or Splenda, Aspartame:

Artificial sweeteners are neurotoxins (poisons that overstimulate nerve cells to death or interrupt their communication process.) Children’s brains and the blood brain barrier are still developing making them very vulnerable to these toxins.


High Fructose Corn Syrup, Glucose Fructose:

Lead to heart disease, increased belly fat, obesity, insulin resistance. Produced from genetically modified corn unless it states otherwise.

Artificial Dyes/Colours:

Linked to hyperactivity, ADD, ADHD. Negatively affect behaviour. FDC Blues 1 and 2, Red 3, Green 3 and Yellow 5 –are banned in many countries because of their link to cancer.

Yellow five can also be listed as Tartrazine, E102 or C.I. 19140. It is one of a group of dyes known as azo dyes. Tartrazine has been proven to cause allergic reactions and symptoms such as anxiety, migraines, asthma attacks, blurred vision, eczema, other skin rashes, thyroid cancer, clinical depression, ADHD or hyperactivity, hives, permanent DNA damage, heart palpitations, rhinitis, sleep disturbances/insomnia, general all-over weakness, hot flushes and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). In severe cases, anaphylactic-like reactions to tartrazine have also been reported.

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene):

Used as preservatives in cosmetics and furniture polish but also widely used as food preservatives in North America, although banned in many other countries.


BHA and BHT can induce allergic reactions in the skin, are linked to hyperactivity, cancer, and are hormone disruptors.


Long-term exposure to high doses of BHT is toxic in mice and rats, causing liver, thyroid and kidney problems and affecting lung function and blood coagulation. BHT can act as a tumor promoter in certain situations. High doses of BHT may mimic estrogen and prevent expression of male sex hormones resulting in adverse reproductive affects.

Genetically Modified Organisms

Some of the companies (Kraft and Nestle, for example) giving copious amounts of money into averting labeling requirements of GMO ingredients legislation are the same companies making your Halloween candy. It is estimated that 80 percent of packaged food in N.A. contains GMO’s. This includes candy.


Here is a brief list of GMO ingredients to look for on labels, courtesy of the Green Halloween and Non-GMO Project:

  1.  Sugar (GMO sugar beets)
  2. High fructose corn syrup (GMO corn)
  3. Corn starch (GMO corn)
  4. Soy lecithin (GMO soy)
  5. Soybean oil GMO soy)
  6. Modified food starch (GMO corn)
  7. Fructose, dextrose, glucose (GMO corn)
  8. Cottonseed oil (GMO cotton)
  9. Canola oil (GMO canola)
  10. “Other” ingredients: isolates, isoflavones, food starch, vegetable oil


Have an extra Happy Halloween; knowing you are part of the solution, and affecting change for generations to come :)

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