Halloween: Enjoying Treats

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about keeping the wrong kinds of scares out of Halloween. Previously, we talked about how added sugars in foods can be bad for us. Halloween candy is full of added sugar and doesn’t provide much – if any – nutrition. Does that mean we can’t enjoy it?

The usual Halloween haul is probably more sugar than any of us really need. It’s best to enjoy the treats in moderation instead of overindulging. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says it’s a good idea to establish some ground rules for the Halloween candy. One fun-sized candy bar or three bite-sized pieces is a moderate serving size. Limit the times treats can be enjoyed, perhaps eating it for dessert after meals instead of between meals. The positive side of these restrictions is that the candy will last longer.

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October 2011

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