Halloween’s impact on kids’ health

Weight gain, hypertension, and focus problems are caused by excess sweets, and that’s just not fun.

Not many parents want to limit their kids to a mere one-and-a-half fun-size candies, such as Snickers. But based on nutritional guidelines, that really should be the limit.

The American Heart Association recommends that children consume less than 16 grams of added sugar each day, says Dr. Jennifer Kraschnewski, associate professor of medicine and public health sciences at Penn State College of Medicine.

That’s equal to about 10 pieces of candy corn, a Halloween staple, says Kraschnewski. “When your children do come home with a bag full of candy,” she says, “limit the number of treats there are allowed each day to avoid excessive extra calories.”

Another Halloween tip: Consider giving a healthier alternative to trick-or-treaters, such as glow bracelets, stickers, or pencils. Believe it or not, kids really enjoy having something different, Kraschnewski says.

How much candy is sold and consumed during the Halloween season each year?

This infographic from Labdoor highlights a few scary facts:

Previously published material.

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