Let Kids Gorge Halloween Candy
November 1, 2011 by staff
However, dentists and nutritionists say that Halloween can still reasonably healthy little devils and witches without resorting to tactics onian Dracula, 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, says Cole 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, says 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 suggests 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 kids 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 are overweight and obesity, says 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 sort the loot, have 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.
President Barack Obama joked this week on “The Tonight Show,” which had warned his wife, the promotion of health have prompted the White House if she gave trick-or-treat fresh fruit and raisins instead of candy. During the festivities on Saturday, Obama will hand the White House M & M, cookies and nuts as they did the last two years.
Dr. Janet Silverstein, Gainesville, Florida, a pediatrician and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics committee on nutrition, “says 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 each. It is recommended that parents for their patients, too – though not necessarily the solution of others – who used to feed their kids’ candy.
In some places, children willing to give up sweets can do more than a penny. About 1,500 dentists across the country have agreed this year to participate in a Halloween candy buyback organized by Operation Gratitude. The California-based group regularly sends packages to U.S. troops abroad. Some dentists pay children and 1 pound of Halloween candy last year, the program brought in 250,000 pounds of candy, said Carolyn Blashek, founder of the Van Nuys, California, in the group.
Blashek said troops overseas appreciate this as a token of gratitude, and Halloween candy brings many fond childhood memories. Some have their candy to Afghan children, he said. Enter your zip code on the website of the group, identified http://bit.ly/F1iSy participating dentists.
Parents who plan to encourage the caramel to stop should be sure not to take it away, says 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 says it “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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