I struggle with Halloween. I feel like the big bad mummy telling my kids to put down the lollies as all the other kids are still bouncing around the neighborhood. But it’s worth it, as the additives can have disastrous effects on my son in particular. If he’s had additives I can tell as he has the worst insomnia followed by nightmares and sleep walking/ talking.
When we were going through the elimination diet with my son for his bedwetting and neurological symptoms, we removed all preservatives and additives from his diet. Sugar never had as much as an effect as additives did on his health. Unfortunately he still had a birthday to celebrate so we researched the cleanest confectionary around. These are still my go-to selection for special treats, birthday parties, lolly bags, Easter and Halloween.
As an aside, we still persevere with a very clean diet for the kids day to day, with no additives where possible. You can tell the difference, they start bouncing around the walls when they eat food with additives and it’s not just the colours I’m talking about. The preservatives are just as bad. However the worst side effects are the nightmares, restless legs and the defiance. These symptoms pretty much disappear when the kids are eating clean, additive free food, as does the insomnia my son struggled with for years. In any case, even regarding additive free we try not to make sweets a part of their day to day and instead offer them healthier treats.
Here’s the list we compiled and followed thanks to the folks over at http://fedup.com.au/
*Again, they still contain sugar but I maintain that this doesn’t effect my kids as much as the additives .. and remember everything in moderation!
- Allen’s Milkshakes
- Nestle Milky Bars Original (Bars, multi packs, blocks, or eggs at Easter)
- Black & Gold Milk Bottles
- The Natural Confectionery Co Natural Snakes (no artificial flavours or colours)
- Bear Hugs sweets by the Natural Confectionery Co
- Nestle Smarties (Since 2009, all natural Smarties with no added flavours have been available – for natural colours they use 160a not 160b which is no good)
- Pascall’s White Marshmallows (not pink these have artificial colours and flavours)
- White jelly beans with vanilla or citric acid flavor
- White Musk Sticks