Dentists OK Halloween Candy Binge

November 1, 2011 by staff 

Dentists OK Halloween Candy Binge, Offer apples to trick-or-treat and the risk that your house is encouraged – perhaps even their own children.
However, dentists and nutritionists say that Halloween can still reasonably healthy little devils and witches without resorting to draconian tactics, and
not sweet.

“This is a great adventure for them – that is, obviously, with some exceptions,” said Dr. Rea Haugseth, a dentist in Marietta, Georgia, who is president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

There are tricks to keep the fun of Halloween without running the risk of cavities and extra kilos, as the delivery of black chocolate instead of candy chews or even bribing children with a toy in exchange for the spoils of Halloween. Some studies have suggested that dark chocolate is good for the heart and chewy candies stick to teeth.

Just do not go overboard restrictions, Cole said Robbins, a Chicago 12-year-old veteran of Halloween.

“Halloween is the day of the years in which the kids just a little pop and candy overload,” he said.

To help prevent this type of fill, try to give children a healthy meal, filling before trick-or-treating, said Bethany Thayer, a spokesman for the American Dietetic Association who works at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

Undecided, do not despair. Thayer also recommends waiting until the day before buying Halloween candy, so nobody is tempted to enjoy beforehand.

“I know people who have to go to the store because they have gone completely through their candy” before Halloween, he said.

Haugseth suggested avoiding the promotion of the cavity is like candy that sticks to the teeth, or lollipops that bathe the teeth in a long icing.

Also, having children brush their teeth before trick-or-treating helps reduce plaque and bacteria that interact with sugar to produce acid decaying teeth, Haugseth said. Children also should brush after eating sweets, he said.

Ronni Litz Julien, a Miami nutritionist whose patients include children with overweight and obesity, said another trick for parents is to ask children not to dive into their bags of loot until you bring it all home. That’s for security, so that parents can throw the suspicious-looking candy, but can also prevent a “frenzy to eat.”

Parents are encouraged to help resolve through the booty which children select their 10 favorite pieces, and give the rest. We offer the option of eating in the 10 pieces at once, or for 10 days. That gives them a sense of control, without feeling cheated, he said.

“They can not be deprived.’s Halloween, for God’s sake,” he said.

Dr. Janet Silverstein, Gainesville, Florida, a pediatrician and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics committee on nutrition, “said he does not give you candy, fruit or pencils in place, and so far your house is intact.

When her children were young, Silverstein would buy their candy for a penny per unit. It is recommended that the parents of their patients, too, although not necessarily the solution to others – I used to eat candy for their children.

Parents who plan to encourage the caramel to stop should be sure not to take it immediately, said Brian Wansink, a Cornell University scientist food behavior and author of “Mindless Eating:. Why we eat more than we think ”

This is a principle in psychology called “the endowment effect.” Refers to children a sense of ownership and put a high value on the candy away in.

If you let them eat several pieces in the first place, that feeling may disappear and not even feel hungry. This is the time to offer a trade, said Wansink.

Who has tried this trick with her three daughters, ages 2, 4 and 6, and said that “works like a charm.” His girls eagerly leave the rest of their Halloween candy in exchange for a new toy or other trinket that does not rot your teeth, he said.

Young children are not really aware of how much they brought home, and when “a kind of counting their loot, which is probably the age when children should not be trick or treating again,” he said.

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