It’s fun to go around shouting “trick or treat,” but managing your children’s post-Halloween treats can be rather tricky. Mass consumptions of candy are not exactly the healthiest option for anyone, let alone your growing children.
This isn’t to say that your kids can’t enjoy their Halloween plunder. A couple treats here or there are fine, but regular amounts of sugary substances can be harmful, especially when there’s a bunch of tempting sweets hanging around in a trick or treat bag. Here are three ways candy can mess with your body.
Binging on Halloween treats can give kids a lot of short-term energy, but the results can be even worse than the eventual crash. Your body releases dopamine when you ingest sugar, just like it would with other addictive substances. That means that sugar binges can actually lead you to crave sugary foods instead of healthier alternatives.
A fair amount of Halloween candy is sugar-based and doesn’t contain any fiber. Since fiber helps you digest foods, a Halloween candy binge can be problematic. Eating a ton of sugar-based candies can lead to an upset stomach and digestive issues. Pair that with the inevitable sugar crash and your kids won’t be having a very fun night.
Eating candy may make you smile, but the after affects certainly won’t. Sugar doesn’t go away when you’re done eating. Broken-down sugar can stay in your mouth long after you’re done, slowly destroying the protective enamel on your teeth. Sticky candies can be even more problematic, as they can easily get stuck to teeth even after a good brushing.
Keeping Your Kids Healthy
Your kids have a lot of growing to do, but serious Halloween snack attacks aren’t going to help keep them healthy. Fortunately, Westshore has some dedicated physicians to provide the medical care your children deserve. Give us a call at 440-327-6687 or contact Westshore online to make an appointment with one of our Cleveland pediatricians today.
Dr. Chantal I. Dalencour, M.D.
DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.