Halloween is a holiday I have a love/hate relationship with. I love the costumes and trick-or-treating, but I hate the excess of candy we always have left, especially with three kids out there! Now some neighbors hand out granola bars, raisins, pretzels, and even hot cocoa packages, but that stuff just sits on the bottom of their bag until they all the “good stuff.” While the “good stuff” they eat may taste good, I fear for their teeth and really their tummy’s don’t need all the junk either.
If there was a candy that was sugar-free, fruit-flavored and looked like regular candy, then I could easily sneak it in for my own kids and even hand some out to trick-or-treaters! Well SparX is just that candy.
SparX tiny bite-size fruit-flavored candies are a new sugar-free candy line sweetened exclusively with all natural xylitol. Xylitol is an all natural sweetener derived from corn cobs, birch trees and other natural sources, and is similar to sugar in taste and texture, but with unique health benefits not found in other sweeteners. Xylitol contains 40 percent fewer calories than sugar, has a net carb level of only 0.4 per gram, and has minimal impact on blood-sugar levels, making it an appropriate sugar substitute for diabetics. Xylitol is absorbed slowly by the body, resulting in a low glycemic index of seven compared to sugars index of 83 (or higher).
So yes there is a candy that you don’t have to feel guilty about feeding your children or even yourself! Finally a sweet, healthy candy that doesn’t taste like cardboard!
After reading about SparX, here are a few more things I learned:
- When exposed to as little as 15 grams of xylitol a day, the bacteria in the mouth lose the ability to stick to the teeth and form plaque.
- Studies have shown that when cmobined with regular dental hygiene, regular use of xylitol gums, mints and candy can reduce dental cavities by as much as 80%.
- Its hard to tell the difference between SparX Candy and sugar-sweetened candy!
I gave my boys (4 and 5) these and they loved them. I keep it as a treat for them and instead of all the candy and fruit snacks, I trade in a few of these. They look like fat Nerds to me and taste honestly like I’d expect from candy. They are perfect to pop and satisfy a sweet-tooth and available in three flavors. I have no complaints and love that I can get them in little packages to hand out!
BUY IT: SparX Candy is now available in a special Halloween Bag; ideal for trick-or-treaters of all ages. Each bag will contain 30 individually sealed packets of SparX in a variety of natural fruit flavors, retailing for only $7.49. Xlear’s SparX Halloween Bags can be purchased online at www.xlear.com, and in stores nationwide at Vitamin Shoppe.
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