The Halloween candy conundrum
Which is better for you: a Snickers or a Jolly the calories or the fat grams considered more important?
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With most communities conducting Beggars Night tonight, on Halloween, parents will be faced with bags of candy and the less than fun job of deciding what to do with the sugary haul.
Stacy Hairston lets her 5 and 3 year olds enjoy a few pieces on trick or treat night, then uses the candy as an incentive.
they do good things, I give it to them as a reward, said the East Side mother, 23.
still have candy from last year. don bother with moderation.
Leslee Isern, 46, of Worthington allows her three youngsters ages 6 to 14 to have as much candy as they want from their Halloween bags.
let them eat until they get tired of it, she said. takes a few days. the candy is being ignored, she throws it out or takes it to work.
Some experts and parents try to rank candy by its healthfulness, assessing the sugar, calories and fat.
Others, though, think that such tactics miss the point.
one day a year, said Erica Cushion, a registered dietitian at Mid Ohio Nutrition Therapy in Gahanna.
the family practices healthy behaviors and structured mealtimes the rest of the year, perhaps classifying candy from healthiest to least isn helpful. the big picture, Cush marc jacobs ion said, candy remains candy, even when it has the protein of nuts or the of dark chocolate.
handful of nuts with an apple is a great snack, she said. Halloween candy bar with nuts is not really comparable. Halloween provides a learning opportunity for families a time for parents to teach children about moderating their indulgences.
Most trick or treat candy is prepackaged in smaller portions, which help youngsters understand what a amount means, Cushion said.
A fun sized Snickers bar, for example, contains 80 calories, compared with 270 in the full size counterpart.
Cushion also recommends emphasizing the non candy parts of the holiday.
the kids: getting dressed up. We getting scared, goin marc jacobs g to other people houses, she said.
make it all about the candy. control
Whether you let your children eat as much candy as they want on Beggars Night or parcel it out for weeks, a few tips might make the experience and the candy haul easier to mana marc jacobs ge:
Make sure that the kids eat dinner before they go trick or treating, so they aren overly hungry when they get home with the candy.
Store some of the candy to enjoy later. Chocolate freezes well, and chewy and hard candies can be sealed in zipper topped plastic bags to lock in freshness for months.