Halloween Candy

Here at Be Amazing Learning, we spend a lot of time thinking about the brain. But today, we are taking a hint from the dentist and thinking about teeth.

Given the question of whether to dole candy out little by little, or eat it right away, many dentists say getting it out of the way is better than having a little each day. The bacteria in plaque ferments the sugar in candy to create an acid that attacks the surface of teeth. The thinking then is that the less this occurs, the better we can avoid cavities.

So how much sugar is in Halloween candy?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says that consuming 12 average size Halloween treats is equal to 30 packs of sugar or drinking a 1 liter bottle of soda. That is a lot of sugar!

Every parent has a different strategy for handling the inevitable mass of candy. We asked around found some tricks to dealing with the treats your ghosts and goblins bring home. Here are the highlights:

  • Smaller bags: Use smaller trick-or-treat bags. If you are crafty you can make your own. No pillow cases!
  • Limit trick-or-treat time: This is pretty simple, the less time your little Superman spends trick-or-treating, the less candy he will bring home.
  • Eat before going out: Trick-or-treating on a full stomach may help avoid the “snacking” between houses.
  • Trade or buy them out: We know a mom who takes her child to the toy store to let her pick out a toy in exchange for the full bag of candy. We have also heard of parents who buy the bag, though we are not sure of the going rate. The Utah Daily Herald reports that a dentist office pays $1 per pound to buy children’s candy.
  • Treats should follow a healthy snack: Make sure that kids eat something with nutritional value before they eat a piece of their candy.

Our advice? Hide it. If the candy is out of sight, children will be less likely to ask for it. We’re actually famous for losing the candy. Last week, I found my children’s Easter candy at the back of the cupboard, no joke. The bag was pretty full.

Happy Halloween!

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