Between the sugar binges and boozy bashes, healthy habits might not be top of mind during Halloween celebrations. Thanks to MDLinx and our Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition team, we’ve uncovered some spook-free stats that will ease your fears when it comes to maintaining a balance between Halloween fun and sticking to your health goals!
Some sweets are good for you
🍏Dark chocolate, in moderation, offers antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. The treat contains flavanols that increase blood flow, lower blood pressure and may reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
🍏If you are looking for allergy-friendly treats to hand out, we love several varieties of Surf Sweets candies because they are produced and packaged in dedicated facilities that are free of the top 10 food allergens. They are made with organic cane sugar, organic fruit juice and organic vegetable dyes and no artificial colors, sweeteners, or flavors are used.
Trick or Treat your way towards physical activity
🍏If you’re going door-to-door with kids this Halloween, you can count on a decent calorie burn and immediate health benefits like increased blood and oxygen circulation, reduced fatigue, and enhanced energy.
🍏Scary movies may also spur your metabolism! In a small study, researchers from University of Westminster found that watching a horror flick (90 minutes or less) burns over 100 calories. Researchers believe this is due to the rush of adrenaline the body experiences when faced with stressful visual stimuli.
According to the study, the top 10 calorie-burning horror movies in the study were:
🍏The Shining: 184 calories
🍏Jaws: 161 calories
🍏The Exorcist: 158 calories
🍏Alien: 152 calories
🍏Saw: 133 calories
🍏A Nightmare on Elm Street: 118 calories
🍏Paranormal Activity: 111 calories
🍏The Blair Witch Project: 105 calories
🍏The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 107 calories
Go on and Monster Mash
Socialization is linked to wellbeing and can benefit your immune system as well as cognitive function. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, have observed stronger immune systems in those who partake in social activities and also stronger brain health, protecting against some neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s and dementia. Research also shows that meaningful social bonds lead people towards happier, healthier, longer lives.
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