The case for no limits to Halloween candy

Published on October 30, 2019, 11:57 am

Published by BC Local News

Halloween is synonymous with sugar, and that makes it one of the scariest times of the year for parents fearful of encouraging bad eating habits. Knowing how to curb monstrous appetites without being the party pooper can be tricky. Here's a look at what some dietary, dental and health experts say on navigating junk food pitfalls. 1. THE "NO LIMITS" ARGUMENT: Chelsea Cross, who specializes in weight loss and digestive health in Guelph, Ont., says to instead focus on promoting healthy eating habits so children learn to moderate intake year-round. Andrea D'Ambrosio warns that "negativity" and "fear mongering" increases desire for the very food you're trying to restrict. 2. "HEALTHIER" CANDY, SORT OF: Ali Chernoff says sticky gummies and chews, and sweets that sit on teeth like lollipops and juice, are among the worst for teeth. Cross says to not be fooled by supermarket gummies that tout ingredients including real fruits and vegetables. 3. THE SUGAR MYTH: Chernoff says there's no actual proof behind the belief that sugar turns little kids into over-active monsters. 4. THE AFTERMATH: The Canadian Dental Association recommends only eating treats with a meal and they also advise drinking a glass of water after eating a sugary treat to help wash away some of the sugars and acids. (The Canadian Press)

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