It may just be a sweet coincidence that October is both Dental Hygiene Month and Halloween but with Halloween just around the corner, your little ghosts and goblins are eager to hit the candy jackpot. But what else can be spookier than creepy crawlies and witches? Rotting teeth from too much sugar and dental plaque.
While most parents think of the oral health concerns or the sugar rush and hyperactivity that seems to follow candy, the health nut parent thinks of the long term effects. The body's internal response to all of that junk is not a small concern. Sugar can be brushed and flossed and rinsed off of the surface of the teeth, but once you've chewed and swallowed, your body is left to pay the consequences.
Telling kids that they can't eat candy at Halloween is not going to improve their diet. Teaching your kids how to make healthy choices all year round will. Changing someone's mindset shouldn't include taking something away from them that they look forward to -- it's just going to make them upset. Mindset-changing happens over time, with proper education.
I believe that it is normal to eat candy in moderation any time of the year. It is also normal to eat a little more after collecting the spoils of Halloween. Sure, it contains no vitamins or minerals or added physical benefits to our lives but eating a treat isn't about maximizing antioxidant intake.
Candy can also have a darker side for parents who are trying to keep their kids as healthy as possible, or protect them from allergic reactions by restricting what candy their kids can have. Imagine how the kid feels when they have a food allergy and can't have candy -- seeing other kids reaping the benefits of their trick-or-treating, dumping out their huge bags of candy and sorting through what they got -- it's both sad and frustrating.
It's fair to say that many teens love getting something for nothing. Free candy? It fits the bill. And every October 31, they fail to disappoint, showing up at the door, thrusting a bag in the direction of unwitting participants, sometimes without even uttering the agreed request -- sometimes, the words "Trick or Treat" aren't even mentioned.
We love Halloween and we love how much our kids love Halloween. That's why we don't want to sound like the fun police, but we do want to make some sense of the excess (read: the sugar excess). Here are 12 simple and subtle ways to manage the candy rush -- including tips on how to curb our own temptations.
Let's face it: Halloween is a holiday dedicated to candy so the opportunities to derail your regularly balanced diet are going to be all over the place for at least a week. Here are four handy tips for keeping your cravings under control and and avoiding being scared away from the scale come November.
Processed foods such as candy, chocolate bars, ice cream, cakes, cookies and pies are like sludge for your digestive tract. Any ingredient your body d...