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Eat this, not that: Halloween edition

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

We all love candy! If you want to have some sweets and be a little more waistline friendly there are some ways to keep from moving up a costume size!

You may have seen the "Eat this, not that" lists that give you ideas on ways to indulge a little without totally blowing the diet.

Tara Gidus, RD, a nutrition consultant in Orlando, Florida has some recommendations for this "Eat this, not that" Halloween candy edition list.

Matchup #1: Reese's peanut butter cups vs Snickers

The better choice: Snickers.

Even though Reese's peanut butter cups actually have more protein, Snickers "contains less fat, less saturated fat, and 10 fewer calories per two pieces," says Gidius.

Matchup #2: Peanut M&M's vs Skittles

The better choice: Peanut M&M's.

Skittles have fewer calories, but that doesn't make them the better choice.

Peanut M&M's are low on the glycemic index, which means they release their sugar slowly into your bloodstream and will satisfy you longer.

Matchup #3: Twix vs Kit Kat

The better choice: Kit Kat.

Grabbing a Kit Kat will save you 20 calories and rack up less saturated fat and sodium.

In fact, Twix packs three times the sodium in three fun size pieces than Kit Kat.

Matchup #4: Candy corn vs Tootsie Rolls

The better choice: it's a tie!

Though you would need to eat 26 pieces of candy corn to rack up the same number of calories as in six tootsie rolls, both candies contain artificial color and flavor.

Vegetarians should go for tootsie rolls, however, since candy corn contains gelatin, which is an animal by-product.

Matchup #5: Starburst or Jolly Rancher

The better choice: Jolly Rancher.

There are slightly fewer calories in Starbust. However, since it takes longer to finish a Jolly Rancher, it's not as easy to eat so many.

Plus, Starbust stick to your teeth more easily, which can mean bad news for your next dental checkup.

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