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Chile Bans Tony the Tiger in their Fight Against Obesity

The Chilean government, facing skyrocketing rates of obesity, is waging war on unhealthy foods with a host of marketing restrictions, mandatory packaging redesigns and labeling rules aimed at transforming the eating habits of 18 million people.

This is world’s most ambitious attempt to remake a country’s food culture, and could be a model for how to turn the tide on a global obesity epidemic that researchers say contributes to four million premature deaths a year.

It’s hard to overstate how significant Chile’s actions are — or how hard it has been to get there in the face of the usual pressures,” said Stephen Simpson, director of the Charles Perkins Center, an organization of scholars focused on nutrition and obesity science and policy.

The multi billion dollar food and soda industries have exerted those pressures to successfully stave off regulation in many other countries.

Since the food law was enacted two years ago, it has forced multinational companies like Kellogg to remove iconic cartoon characters from sugary cereal boxes and banned the sale of candy like Kinder Surprise that use trinkets to lure young consumers. The law prohibits the sale of junk food like ice cream, chocolate and potato chips in Chilean schools and proscribes such products from being advertised during television programs or on websites aimed at young audiences.

Do you think this is possible in the United States?

The Scariest Part of Halloween is the Sugar

The Scariest Part of Halloween is the sugar. The amount of candy consumed on Halloween may seem downright spooky, especially if you’re a dentist, nutritionist or health-conscious parent. Almost every child in the USA will have candy on Halloween, and about half of the adults will eat some. That compares to 24% of all adults and kids who have candy on a typical day.

The small snack sizes might seem harmless, but they are loaded with sugar! Take a look at the numbers below!

  • Almond Joy, Snack Size – 80 calories, 8 g sugar
  • Butterfinger, Fun Size – 100 calories, 10 g sugar
  • Gummie Bears (Haribo) – 8 pieces, around 65 calories, 21 g sugar, and make sure to brush teeth well after gummy bears.
  • Heath Bar, Snack Size – 76 calories, and 9 g sugar
  • Hershey Kisses – Average 25 calories and 2 – 3 g sugar each kiss
  • Hershey’s Miniature Bars – Average  42 calories and 4 g sugar each bar
  • Jolly Rancher – For the kids who like candy with pucker power, a serving of three Jolly Ranchers is only 70 calories, 0 g of fat and 11 g of sugar.
  • Kit Kat, Fun size – 60 calories and 6 g sugar
  • Peanut M & Ms – Speaking of chocolate morsels, a fun size pouch comes in at 93 calories, but the kiddos are getting some protein here. The serving has 5 g of fat and 9 g of sugar.
  • Pop Rocks vs. Almond Joy – A package of Pop Rocks has just 25 calories compared to 80 calories for a mini-Almond Joy or Mounds.
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Snack Size – 110 calories, 11 g sugar per peanut butter cup
  • Skittles, Fun Size – 60 calories, 11 g sugar
  • Smarties – 1 roll, 25 calories, 6 g sugar
  • Snickers, Fun Size – 80 calories, 4 g of fat and 8 g of sugar
  • Sour Patch Kids, Mini Bag – 50 calories, 10 g sugar
  • Starburst, Fun Size – 2 candies, 40 calories, 6 g sugar
  • Three Musketeers Minis – The fun size bar has less calories and fat than many other chocolate bars, just 64 calories, 2 g of fat and 11 g of sugar.
  • Tootsie Pops & Charms Blow Pops – The treat has lasting value—if you don’t bite into it, that is. The pops have 60 calories, 0 g of fat, but 10 – 13 g of sugar.
  • Tootsie Roll Midgee – This chocolaty treat comes in at 23 calories. At 3 g of fat and 20 g of sugar, six Tootsie Roll Midgees have a few less calories than 8 Starbursts.
  • Twix Minis –1 bar, 50 calories, 5 g sugar
  • Twizzlers (Strawberry Twists) – 2 pieces, 50 calories and 6 g sugar

Source – UCSF Childrens Hospital of Oakland

Non Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Easter and candy go hand in hand. So, here are some ideas for a lower candy Easter and equally as fun! May your Easter be the sweetest one yet.  If you celebrate Easter, I hope you celebrate with your favorite people. Count your eggs, your friends, and your blessings.

Non Candy Easter Basket Ideas  – Themed Baskets

  1. Movie theme filled with a throw blanket, a movie,healthy snack bar
  2. Gardening theme filled with seed packets, gardening tools, a sun hat, sunglasses, and gardening gloves.
  3. Fishing theme filled with bait, hooks, weights, an extra roll of fishing line, and a bag of sunflower seeds.
  4. Relaxation theme filled with bath salts, lotions, gourmet chocolate, and a gift card for a massage.
  5. Sports theme filled with sports memorabilia, a bottle of soda, a baseball cap with the person’s favorite team on the front, and a TV schedule of all their favorite games.
  6. Health theme filled with healthy snacks such as , nuts, and, as well as a workout towel, personalized towel and a water bottle.

What to Use For  Basket Fillers

  • Flower petals.
  • Glass beads.
  • Plastic Easter grass.
  • Raffia.
  • A new scarf.
  • Fabric that is ripped to shreds.
  • A new shirt.

What To Put In Adults’ Easter Baskets

  • Sunglasses.
  • New coffee mugs.
  • Cooking spices.
  • Gift cards.
  • Cash.
  • Tasty teas.
  • Home decorations.
  • Bath salts.
  • Lotion.
  • A bottle of wine and wine glasses.
  • Movies or music.