By this time tomorrow, let’s hope your kids aren’t in a sugar coma from all that Halloween candy!
So before you eat that whole pillowcase full of treats, the CBS4 Problem Solvers talked to a dietitian about the dangers of eating too much candy.
There’s no magic number for the right number of pieces. The key is to watch the amount of sugar your kids are eating.
“For example, a Reese’s Cup is containing 10.5 grams of sugar in that one Reese’s cup, well, who eats just one? You’re normally eating 2, 3, 4, 5,” said dietitian Anna Busenburg.
“So it’s a lot of added sugar all at one time. So the big key is it’s a lot of not nutrient-dense calories so that is what can lead to weight gain.”
According to the American Heart Association, teens and kids should have less than 25 grams of sugar a day. Just three Reese’s cups will put you over that amount!
The takeaway: make sure to have your kids spread the candy out over several days instead of eating it all at once. And if they want to walk to all corners of the neighborhood during trick-or-treat, that's not necessarily a bad thing!
“A lot of kids these days tend to do a lot of their free time activities involves being seated playing video games, not necessarily moving more,” Busenburg said.
“So the big key there is to make sure that if you are indulging in and enjoying your Halloween candy that your kid is also staying active and burning off the extra calories they’ve consumed with those sweet treats.”