Tips to Preventing Sugar Overload this Halloween
Posted at: 10/30/2013 6:46 PM
| Updated at: 10/30/2013 7:38 PM
By: Travis Dill
Northland kids will pull in piles of candy for Halloween on Thursday, but parents and dentists have a few tricks to keep their sugar intake down.
Managers at Target in Duluth said candy has been flying off the shelf, and parents like Joe Klander know you can't avoid it this time of the year.
“Oh absolutely, it's not Halloween without candy,” Klander said.
But he's going to limit the time his kids get to trick-or-treat.
“Between Halloween parties at school and daycare, then going to grandma and grandpa's house we're just going to go down the black and back,” Klander said.
Jessica Herir said she takes the opposite approach, but Mom and Dad will get to skim off the top.
“We let the kids trick-or-treat for as long as they can handle it, and we separate the candy into what we like. Then the rest the kids can have and we portion it out and freeze a lot of it,” Herir said.
She said rationing out the candy is the way to go.
“If we give them a treat and it's two M&M's they've hit the jackpot. If we can keep it at that level I think they'll be better off I the long run,” Herir said.
Those tricks can help parents on candy control, but it's still easy to be overwhelmed at Halloween. Lakeside Dental has a plan to help parents out.
“We buy Candy from the kids and send it to what's called Operation Gratitude, and what they do is they collect all the candy and they send it to troops overseas,” Dentist Todd Hansen said.
He said the dental office will pay $1 per pound of candy with a limit of 5 pounds. They will collect candy all day on Nov. 4 and 5.
Hansen said drinking milk can neutralize some of the harmful acid sour candy produces, but it's best for kids to brush their teeth right after any sugar.
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