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Healthy Halloween Ideas. Amy Gannon, M.S., RD, LD, Extension Specialist, Family Nutrition Program. Brooke Baker, M.S., RD, LD, Extension Specialist, Family …

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Healthy Halloween Ideas
Amy Gannon, M.S., RD, LD, Extension Specialist, Family Nutrition Program Brooke Baker, M.S., RD, LD, Extension Specialist, Family Nutrition Program
Candy is to Halloween as watermelon is to summer. Or is it? With recent trends in childhood obesity and the increase in dental cavities, many parents are searching for alternatives to the traditional Halloween candy bag. While a small amount of Halloween candy can be a fun treat, excess dietary sugar has been linked to several health issues. The consumption of corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup rose by 277 percent in the three decades between the 1970s and 2000. During the same time period, obesity rates have increased sharply, too. Even if packaging is small, calories, fat, and sugar can really add up. A treat bag, prepared as described below, provides your child with an entire day’s worth of saturated fat and more than a third of calories needed for one day*:

Item
Hershey’s Kisses® Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups® Kit Kat Bar® Total

Serving Size
9 Kisses 2 Cups (1 Package) 4 Wafers

Calories
230 210

Fat (g)
13 13

Saturated Fat (g)
8 4.5

Sugar (g)
21 21

210 640

11 31

7 19.5

21 63

*Based on a moderately active 8-year-old child.

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A publication of WVU Extension Service Families and Health Programs


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