Easter Health: This Is What Easter Does to Your Body
March 31, 2018
When it comes time for Easter, health isn’t always the first priority. Easter health is certainly a thing, though, and something you should be aware of. These are the things you need to know about the health of a typical Easter celebration.
Easter Health: What to Watch Out For?
Easter health concerns aren’t as big as some other holidays, and they’re rarely emergencies, but they do still exist. Celebrations of Easter are also a little harder to generalize, as people tend to celebrate Easter in their own way. However, there are a few common things that cause health problems during Easter celebrations. Chocolate and ham, for example, aren’t always the best thing for your body. Have no fear, though. Easter health concerns are often not a big deal.
Again, Easter health concerns aren’t quite as bad as Christmas or Thanksgiving. This doesn’t mean that you can turn a blind eye to it, but you can relax. Having fun on Easter won’t kill you. Easter is a sacred celebration, so it’s okay to let go a little bit. It’s a time for family, and to remember the blessings you’ve been given. The healthiest thing you can do this Easter is taking the time to remember how good your life is, and relieve some stress.
The Problem With Easter Candy
The biggest Easter health concern is the candy that is spread around. While it’s nice of the Easter Bunny to bring it, too much can cause serious health problems. The amount of candy people consume on Easter isn’t quite as high as on Halloween, but it isn’t far off. In 2017, the National Retail Federation estimated that 18.4 billion dollars was spent on Easter candy worldwide. That’s more than 6 times Oprah’s estimated net worth, and higher than the GDP of many countries. Candy is a good business to be in.
Peeps are the most common Easter candy, and they can be quite deceptive. While the little marshmallow animals might not seem like they’d bring on any health concerns, too many Peeps will hurt you in the long run. The average Peep contains more than 1.5 tablespoons of sugar and 28 calories. Given that Peeps get eaten by the handful, these calories can quickly add up.
These are the ingredients that Peeps contain: sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, yellow #6, maltodextrin, natural flavors, potassium sorbate, yellow #5, red #40, blue #1, and carnauba wax. Two things immediately stick out to the trained eye. First of all, “natural flavors” is unnatural wording. If the natural flavors were anything good for you, they would write them out. They aren’t, though, so instead, they use deceptive language. And do you see what’s missing? If you answered “nutritional value,” you’d be correct.
The only thing that might beat Peeps out as the most popular Easter candy is chocolate eggs. Unsurprisingly, chocolate eggs are not the greatest thing for your health. A solid brick of sugar and dairy, chocolate eggs are one of the most delicious ways to get yelled at by your dentist. The biggest issue with chocolate eggs, and any kind of chocolate is the high amount of sugar and fat.
What’s surprising is that chocolate might not be as bad for you as you think. While eating a dozen chocolate eggs might be an Easter health problem, eating one or two might be good for you. The fat in chocolate is called “stearic acid,” which doesn’t affect blood lipids (or cholesterol) as much as other types of fat do. In fact, some studies have found that people who frequently eat chocolate have lower blood pressure than people who don’t. This might be because of other factors, though. Namely, people who eat chocolate frequently are likely to be more relaxed, putting less pressure on the heart.
Chocolate is a great way to relax, so feel free to crack an egg this Easter.
The Health of Ham
The only thing that is as ubiquitous as candy on Easter is ham. While ham isn’t the biggest Easter health concern or health concern in general, it surely isn’t the best thing you could eat. The biggest issue with ham is that it has extremely high levels of sodium. Ham is soaked in brine, which is simply a dense salt solution. This is what gives it the unique “ham” flavor, but also what makes it a problem.
Sodium has many adverse effects on your health. Most notably, sodium can cause a sharp increase in your blood pressure. This puts a strain on the heart, and can lead to hear attack and similar issues. This happens because the excess salt allows your body to retain more fluid, thus making the heart put more work in. Many Americans have issues with salt in the first place. The average American consumes almost twice the recommended amount of salt daily.
With that in mind, all of these things are fine in moderation. Keep this in mind, but don’t forget to enjoy your Easter.