Health Watch - Springtime: Easter Candy

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about springtime traditions and how to deal with them. If the Easter Bunny was particularly generous to your children or if they were extremely successful at finding candy-filled eggs in an egg hunt, they may have a candy stash to rival Halloween. How do you avoid wrecking their diets?

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, suggests setting limits on treat consumption. A good candy serving size is about three bite-size pieces or one fun-size candy bar, and candy should be enjoyed only a few times a week. Set rules about when candy can be eaten, such as for dessert after a meal and not between or before meals. You can also help avoid candy overload by filling Easter baskets with stuffed toys, crayons, books or other non-food items. Fill plastic eggs with nuts or raisins or with small toys instead of candy.   

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April 2009

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