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Candy Swaps

By November 12, 2020No Comments

?So many ideas out there of what to do with Halloween candy. No one way is right. As parents we need to decide what’s best for our own kids due to their age, personality, and health concerns.

When my kids were about 1-10ish years old, it was really easy to control how much candy they ate. Gave them a few a day, or threw away some of their candy, or had them trade it in for toys, etc.

As they got older and became teenagers, I had to approach it differently. Teenagers won’t trade it in for trinkets. Now, they may trade it in for money ?. But this is when educating over the years hopefully takes action. Hopefully they enjoy the candy as a treat, are fully aware of how it makes them feel, and understand that it is not to be eaten as a meal or multiple meals throughout the day. But I’m not going to restrict it. I’m going to encourage them to be wise with it and make good choices.

2 things that I don’t love about ? candy:

According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the food dye yellow 5 showed genotoxicity (this refers to a toxin that damages DNA molecules in genes) in 6 out of 11 studies. They also state, “The three most widely used dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5 & 6, are contaminated with known carcinogens.” They also found that “numerous studies have found that mixtures of dyes cause hyperactivity and other behavioral impairments in children.” (1,2,3). We know how to dye with food. We don’t need artificial ingredients!

The average American adult consumes 77 grams of sugar per day. The American Heart Assoc. recommends no more 25-35 grams of added sugar for adults & 12-25 grams for kids.(4)

It’s easy to see how it adds up when a child eats:
?yogurt for breakfast (15g sugar)
?pb & j sandwich (22 g sugar)
?granola bar for a snack (20 g sugar)
?pasta sauce with dinner (9 g sugar)

That’s near 70 grams of added sugar.

And just fyi… when I buy candy for a treat for my kids, they get one of the swaps shown above. But for Halloween, this mama can’t afford those. So I do have a bucket of trinkets for those with allergens, some good candy swaps, & regular candy for those who choose it:). We have 100s of trick or treaters?

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