Halloween is a fun Holiday. Everyone gets dressed up and goes to parties.
Kids wear fun costumes and go trick or treating. And most of the time they bring home treats, and of course the majority of them are candy.
Everybody knows the danger of too much candy: sugar.
And sugar carries a danger for diabetes, obesity, cavities and hyperactive children.
We love candy, but "bugs" also have a major sweet tooth. When the naturally occurring bacteria in our mouth gets exposed to too much sugar, it breaks it into an acid that can eat away at tooth enamel, which causes enamel erosions and dental caries.
Many favorite Halloween treats are also sticky and lodge into crevices in your teeth, which makes them harder to remove and thus allowing bacteria more time to flourish and create more damage.
So what are the biggest offenders?
Candy Corn: soft and sticky with 19 pieces of this ultimate Halloween candy having 140 calories, no fat and 32 grams of sugar.
Tootsie Rolls: stick to your teeth with just 6 of them carrying 23 grams of sugar.
Mr. Goodbar: a mini Mr. Goodbar will cost you 250 calories, 17 grams of fat (including seven grams of saturated fat) and 23 grams of sugar.
NutRageous: another nutty candy in mini size, will run you 260 calories, 16 grams of fat (including five grams of saturated fat) and 22 grams of sugar.
Snickers: maybe a Snickers bar really should be a meal on its own. A mini Snickers has 280 calories, 14 grams of fat — (including 5 grams of saturated fat) and 30 grams of sugar.
Baby Ruth: a mini bar has 280 calories, 14 grams of fat (including 8 grams of saturated fat). It also has 33 grams of sugar, the second-highest sugar total among the candy examined, better only than a mini 3 Musketeers candy bar that has 40 grams of sugar (though a 3 Musketeers bar has only 8 grams of total fat)
3 Musketeers : the winner in the sugar race.
Mounds: this mini bar of the coconut treat has 230 calories, 13 grams of fat and 21 grams of sugar. It also has 10 grams of saturated fat, the most of any of the 37 surveyed candies.
Jawbreakers: live up to their name. They are hard enough to crack a tooth, and also are the pinnacle of long-lasting candy that carry 36 grams of sugar in each piece.
Most candy have a lot of sugar, so it's better to find sweets that are low in fat, or fat-free.
When giving out treats to kids, it's better to stick with healthier items like popcorn, pretzel packs, and the best is to give fruit, like fresh apples, mandarins, clementines, or dry fruits, like raisin boxes. For example, a 1-ounce serving of pretzels has 110 calories, 1 gram of fat and less than 1 gram of sugar. A quarter cup of raisins has 130 calories, no fat and 29 grams of sugar, in addition to fiber, protein, potassium, iron and calcium.
Maybe we should consider giving children even small toys, colorful pencils or markers.
Let's take care of the kids!!!