Good Question: How Much Halloween Candy Should Kids Eat?

WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — We know two bad things about candy for sure: it’s basically sugar, which causes tooth decay, and its empty calories can lead to obesity.

But really, how bad is it for kids to chow down on their bounty of Halloween candy?

Deb Sheats is the director of the dietetic program at St. Catherine’s University.

“It’s certainly not sitting down and eating all of that at once, but portioning it out,” Sheats said. “Parents can help kids with that. They get one piece of candy a day. You rule with an iron fist. Don’t tell them that isn’t normal. It’s not normal.”

According to the National Confectioners Association, 41 percent of parents say they limit the candy to “a couple of pieces a day” until it runs out.

Twenty-four percent keep complete control, and 13 percent allow a certain number of pieces and take the rest away.


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