Halloween SCARE – the candy might be worse than you think!

Halloween can be a scary time of year in more ways than one.  The candy being one of the SCARIEST things for our health!  Containing artificial colors, sweeteners, and high fructose corn syrup, there are many reasons to be concerned about these sweet treats.  According to studies, synthethic food dyes might be one of the most common causes of behavior problems in children. Petroleum based dyes can also be found in vitamins, artificial juice, cereal, toothpaste and eating prepackaged, high processed, or chemical foods.  Some of the behaviors that have been attributed to eating food dyes are as follows:

  • attention deficits
  • irritability
  • restlessness
  • sleep disturbance
  • aggression
  • hyperactivity

Unfortunately the kids are going to gt their hands on candy, especially around this time of year.  But there are ways to prevent excessive consumption and maybe even distract them from the candy consumption all together!

Here are a few Halloween Candy Consumption Prevention Tips as suggested on Food Matters

1. Feed the kids first.  Be sure your kids go out trick-or-treating with full stomachs to discourage snacking en route.

2. Consider a swap.  Some parents keep natural candies on hand and trade for the unnatural ones. Other parents have a highly desired toy on hand to offer in exchange for the stash. Others tell their young children that if they set their bags of candy outside their door, the Halloween Witch will come by to collect the candy and leave a toy in its place.

3. Consider a buy-out.  Many kids sell their candy back to Mom; it’s a big money-maker for them. (My kids continued going trick-or-treating even after they became teenagers. They were a bit embarrassed to be out with the little kids, but the income was so good they hated to give it up.)

4. Limit the damage. If you and your child go through the stash and toss out the most brightly colored candies, and eat only a limited number per day, you will probably be able to weather the event.
Halloween doesn’t have to be a horror. Avoid the petroleum dyes and try not to let the kids overdo the sweets or eat them on an empty stomach. And do what many parents do: keep the candies out of sight (and out of mind), toss out a few each day, and try not to eat too many of them yourself! You will probably find that Halloween is a fun holiday again!





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