As October approaches, we are aware that at the end of the month comes the Holiday of Candy. That’s what came to concern me each year in the autumn. A holiday focused on the insane eating of candy by the bags.
When I was a child, I would go trick-or-treating with the intent of bringing home at least four large bags of sweet goodies to last me for months. All the resulting cavities and facial acne were caused by these toxic refined sugars.
When I would ask the dermatologist if my acne has anything to do with the food I’m eating, the response was always: “You can eat as much candy and cookies as you want. Skin problems are genetic and not at all connected with what you’re eating.” I learned decades later the incorrectness of this response.
Sugar contributes to all the diseases we see in our civilized society today, including cancer, heart disease, digestive issues, acne and many other skin conditions, autoimmune disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar and depression, asthma and numerous other chronic illnesses. Yet, parents parade the neighborhood with their children in costumes carrying bags to collect candy, which will pay into the promotion and profit of many candy companies, a billion-dollar industry.
In my forthcoming book Raw Vegan Recipe Fun for Families, I point out: “A recent study shows that the risk of stroke increases by 83% when drinking even one soda a day, especially for women. The combo of refined fructose and carbolic acid is lethal. Diet sodas are even worse. Some adolescents are getting 40% of their calories from refined sugars. They can’t handle it, and the results are disastrous. Eighty percent of foods sold in America have added refined sugars.”
Through years of Halloween trick-or-treating with my kids, I have some tips to help make your Halloween healthier and more enjoyable.