There are days when we crave candy. Decades ago, it was easier to give way to cravings since awareness–when it came to ill effects of sweets–was not heightened. Today, people are more conscious of the quality of food they eat, and they actually take time to read nutritional labels. If you are craving sweets, here is a list of candies that will satisfy your cravings but won’t blow your diet.
1. Borba Gummi Bears
It is a snack that contains Green Tea Extract, a known antioxidant that protects skin from damage caused by free radicals. It also has Grape Seed Extract rich in polyphenols, a compound also high in antioxidants. It is 100% vegetarian and is made with organic ingredients. It is vitamin-enriched, fat-free and preservative-free and has no artificial flavors. For a serving size of 8 pieces, it has 15 calories, 4 grams of carbohydrates and 3 to 4 grams of sugar.
2. Sparx with Xylitol By Xlear
FDA has made a claim that the candies do not promote dental cavities. These sweets are naturally flavored hard candy dots that are rich in Xylitol and calcium. Xylitol is a healthier natural alternative to sugar in such a way that it has lower calories and it also helps stop tooth decay. Sparx is okay to be consumed by diabetics and hyperglycemic. Sparx comes in several flavors such as Berry, Citrus and Fruit. For a serving size of 1 piece, it has 0 calories, 0.23 grams of carbohydrates and 0.23 grams of sugar.
3. Au-some Fruit Juice Sour String by Florida’s Natural
These Sour String candies are made from fruit purees and juices from concentrates. It is fortified with vitamins and minerals, no artificial flavors, preservatives and artificial colors. It is fat-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and has no gelatin or trans fat. It is available in orange, strawberry and blueberry natural flavor. For a serving size of 1 pouch at 5 grams, this fruit candy snack has 15 calories, 0 gram fat, cholesterol and sodium, 4 grams of carbohydrates and 3 grams of sugar.
4. Figamajigs Original Fig Bars
In this candy, figs are mixed with high quality cocoa creating a naturally sweet center. The mixture is then coated in fine dark chocolate which is a known antioxidant. Aside from its antioxidant quality, it is also low in fat and high in fiber. For a serving size of 40 grams/1 bar, calories is at 130, total fat is 2.5 grams, 0 grams of trans fat and cholesterol. It also has 1 gram of protein, 26 grams carbohydrates and 19 grams sugar.
5. Chocolate-dipped Apricots by Bissinger
Australian apricots rich in vitamins A, C and E are dipped in dark chocolate. For 1 piece/35 gram, it has 100 calories, total fat of 2.5 grams, no cholesterol and sodium, 21 grams of carbohydrate, 1 gram of dietary fiber and 19 grams of sugar.
As low as the calorie content of these candies are, it is still important to exercise moderation in eating them. A balanced diet is always the key to good health.