Health Watch - Halloween: Candy Overload

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about enjoying Halloween in a safe and healthy way. The sack full of Halloween treats can undo all your best intentions to watch what you eat. Having a candy strategy in place may help.

Both adults and children need to set limits on their post-Halloween candy intake so they don’t overload on sugar. Instead of eating the whole haul right away, enjoy it sparingly. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says a good serving size is one fun-size candy bar or three bite-size candies. Only have candy a few days a week, and set some guidelines for when candy can be enjoyed, such as for dessert but not between meals. Rationing the candy this way will make it last longer.

Parents should set the example for kids by applying the limits to themselves, too. To make it easier to resist temptation, don’t buy more candy than you expect to pass out on Halloween night, and resist the urge to stock up during the big post-holiday candy sales.


October 2010

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