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What Really Happens to Your Body After Your Halloween Candy Binge

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It might feel like a treat, but it’s a real trick for your body

Those miniature wrapped candies are so deceiving! Wrapped in bite-sized packages, Halloween candies are seemingly designed for optimal portion control. But just one is never enough. You’ve been there one too many nights come November — surrounded by empty wrappers in front of the television or standing by the pantry, wondering just how on Earth you let this happen again.

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You’ve seen all the warning signs about sugar, read all the portion-control advice online. You know the candies are overly processed, loaded with added sugar, and jammed with colorings and chemicals. And yet, it feels like an addiction you can’t shake. It’s spooky how candy after candy seems to make it into your mouth — until you manage to stop and are immediately filled with regret.

Two hours later, and you’re back for more.

Is it an addiction? No — sugar can’t really cause a biological addiction. But what can happen is an increase in temptation every time you tell yourself you shouldn’t have another. And another. And another…

If you’re looking to control your cravings for candy, we suggest doing something that might seem counterintuitive. Try telling yourself you can have candy whenever you want. Then let yourself have it whenever you want — without shame or judgment. When the food is no longer off-limits, no longer making you feel guilty, it feels just like any other food. It’s undeniably delicious, but you only really want to eat it sometimes.

We’ve unfortunately been trained to think of candy as something harmful or shameful, regardless. The resulting temptation can instigate a binge on your sacred stash of sweets and treats. So what is the binge really doing to your body? We’ll break down for you, step by step, what happens when you ingest all that candy all at once.

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