Spring is in the air, and Easter is just around the corner. Many people like to bring in the season with a yummy carrot cake. Carrots are, of course, the favorite food of the famous Easter Bunny.
The Hershey Company is seeking to capitalize on America’s springtime love of carrot cake by unveiling Carrot Cake Kisses, one of the newest Easter candies to hit the market. However, these sweets have nothing at all to do with delicious, nutritious carrots.
Not surprisingly, there are no carrots in the new Carrot Cake Kisses. Instead, according to media reports, they are made with white chocolate, carrot and spice flavorings, vanilla, a ton of sugar, and orange dye. While there is not currently an official ingredients list released by Hershey, you can bet it’s not something you want to be eating.
Sugar is big business in the United States, and it seems like children are offered candy for every holiday nowadays. According to Fortune, two billion dollars’ worth of Easter candy was purchased by Americans in 2015. Some parents may think that a little bit of candy every once in awhile is just fine, but, as many of us know, when it comes to sugar, it’s way too easy to go overboard.
Sugar has been found to be highly addictive, and the more kids get, the more they crave. Same goes for adults. This toxic substance has also been linked to obesity, diabetes, depression, cancer, and more. Add in the artificial colorings and flavorings (artificial or “natural”) in the mix, and you’ve got a bite-sized chemical disaster.
Instead of munching on all that sugar, why not make your own delicious carrot cake at home, free of gluten and sugar? The recipe below uses organic coconut crystals, which are much lower on the glycemic index than sugar, and provide your body with vitamins and minerals.
While it is still wise to eat any sweet dessert in moderation, you’ll be doing your body a favor by going with one that is made with coconut crystals instead of sugar. The kids will love it too!
Tanya is a writer at The Alternative Daily with a passion for meditation, music, poetry, and overall creative and active living. She has a special interest in exploring traditional Eastern remedies and superfoods from around the globe, and enjoys spending time immersed in nature.