Health Watch - Spring Fling: Candy Overdose

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about springtime – the warmer weather, blooming flowers and spring holidays. Candy is a popular part of Easter, from chocolate eggs and bunnies to jelly beans and marshmallow chicks. That means your kids may be getting more sugar than they really need.

Eating too much sugar can contribute to problems like diabetes and obesity. Sweets are best enjoyed in moderation. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says parents should limit how much candy kids can eat at any one time. A good serving size might be several bite-size pieces or one larger piece.

To manage how much candy kids are eating, designate a particular time for candy, such as after a meal as dessert, instead of letting kids grab it throughout the day. Parents can help by setting a good example with their own eating habits – so no capturing the chocolate bunny and keeping it all to yourself!


April 2011

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