We all know sugar-laden candies can lead to obesity and other health issues, but what about those derived from organic sources? What are the benefits of choosing organic candy brands over conventional counterparts? Are organic candies really healthy?

We dug a little deeper and discovered that organic candy really is a better choice, and here’s why:

Free of Chemicals, Pesticides & Hormones

By nature, organic foods are free of the nasty pesticides and chemicals sprayed on conventional crops, and must meet certain specifications from the USDA in order to achieve their organic certification. Organic candies are derived from organically raised plants and animals that are free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and synthetic materials including hormones. Some research has shown links between ADHD in children and chemical exposure, which means eating organic (yes, even candy!) is less toxic for you and your family.

Suitable for Those With Food Sensitivities

Food sensitivities are on the rise in the United States, and according to the CDC increased by 50% in children between 1997 and 2011. While causes of this escalation are still under scrutiny, many believe that the preservatives and dyes in our food may be a leading cause. Preservatives have been linked to hyperactivity, heart disease and even some forms of cancer. Organic candies are free of these preservatives and dyes and provide a safe alternative for those with chemical sensitivities and allergies. Candy companies that manufacture organic products add color to their products using fruits and vegetables instead of synthetic dyes, and many lack the refined and processed sugars used by conventional candy companies, instead choosing cane sugar, fruit juices and brown rice syrup.

Healthy for the Planet

Aside from the health benefits of choosing organic candies over their conventional equivalents, supporting organic products means you’re helping to maintain a healthy planet too. Organic farming supports healthy ecosystems though biodiversity, thus reducing erosion and encouraging natural animal and insect habitats. Preserving natural resources and keeping all plants and animals healthy without the use of harmful pesticides or chemicals ensures a brighter future for the health of people and the planet.

While we don’t recommend consuming any kind of candy in large quantities, choosing organic candy reduces your exposure to harmful chemicals and contributes to a healthier future for the planet. Organic candies are great for those with food sensitivities and allergies and offer a much healthier alternative to conventional brands that are often riddled with preservatives and artificial colors and flavors. Keep chemicals out of your body and rest assured knowing that organic candies really are good for you. Your sweet tooth will thank you!