With Halloween trick-or-treating spoils, children throughout the area will soon be in possession of a smorgasbord of candy.
The National Confectioners Association said 93 percent of children in the United States go trick-or-treating, and the group estimates that Halloween candy sales this year will top $2.26 billion.
Those sweet treats are like gold to the children, and they can never have too much. But with all good things there should be moderation, according to Roosevelt General Hospital dietitian Sharon Harris.
Here are some tips from Harris to help prevent your kids from eating too many sweets;
• On Halloween night take a cup appropriate to the size of the child and fill it with candy. A child 8 years old can fill an 8-ounce cup with candy and eat only that candy for the night.
• Divide the candy and spread it out.
Have children divide the candy into sandwich bags to spread consumption over the next month or so.
They get to handle their loot and divide it out. This could be beneficial with households with many children. The children can enjoy the candy for a longer period instead of if being gone in one night.
• Consider healthy alternatives to candy. A lot of families are giving out candy alternatives, such as raisins or carrots and practicing healthy choices when it comes to the holiday.
Candies that are lower in sugar (less than 20 g per “fun size” serving):
• Hershey’s Reeses Sticks
• Chocolate covered peanuts
• Hershey’s Chocolate Almond Bites
• Mr. Goodbar
• Reeses Pieces
• Kit Kat