October 10, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter
Halloween is just around the corner, and when your child gets their hands on a sack-full of candy, the temptation to eat it all at once sets in. Here are some things to know and some suggestions to consider before entering into the upcoming months, which are packed full with sweets and treats.
- Be aware that too much candy can be hurtful to the body in more than one way—too much sugar can be harmful in terms of weight gain AND dental health!
- Try to avoid very sticky or chewy candies; these types of sweets can be especially damaging to your child’s teeth, whereas chocolate melts in your mouth so a lot of chewing isn’t necessary
- Consider passing out inedible items on Halloween. It deters you and your children from eating the leftover candy, yet can still be a fun prize for visitors on Halloween
- Consume sweets in moderation. This is important for limiting your child from eating too much candy in one sitting. One or two candies a day may be optimum to prevent them from overindulging
All in all, Halloween and other upcoming holidays are meant to be with your family, so have fun! Be smart when it comes to what you and kids are eating, and your holidays will be much less stressful!