- It’s that time of year again when we as a society tend to let loose for the holidays. The first of these holidays to throw us off track from our healthy eating habits is Halloween.
- A new study by the NPD Group determines that 4% of all candy consumed in the United States is eaten on Halloween each year. The research determined that nearly all kids will eat candy on the 31st and nearly half of adults will have some as well (versus the 24% of adults and children who eat candy on a daily basis).
- Many “fun-sized” candies actually pack quite the calorie punch (60-100 calories per piece) and in large quantities can really rack up your calorie count.
- “Keith Ayoob, an associate professor of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, agrees that most kids get more candy than they really like and should only keep their favorites and give the rest away. Some of his other suggestions:
- Practice the “Rule of One.” When it comes to high-calorie foods, you won’t go wrong if you allow one small treat a day. That might be a fun-sized candy bar. Portion control is essential with all candy. Divvy up the favorite candy into 100-calorie portions and keep it to that amount per day, Ayoob says.
- Let kids enjoy gum. Any kind, even the ones with sugar. Bubblegum is a favorite because it’s more elastic. It’s also only 5 to 15 calories apiece and keeps kids’ mouths busy for longer.
- Remember safety and sanitation first. If it’s not wrapped, it’s gone, he says.
- Clean house. Get the Halloween candy out of the house after a week or two. Work is an obvious place, where it can be further shared by many people, he says.” – USA Today
- Halloween is a great holiday to spend with friends and family, but it is often the start of a slippery slope of holiday indulgence that lasts through the New Year for many Americans. Having fun doesn’t mean over-indulgence; but it also doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy your favorite candies either. Find restraint by having a piece or two rather than several “fun-sized” bars. Holidays are always hard to face with restraint but just remember to try and keep a balance between healthy choices and a little indulgence.