Halloween Candy Calories Can Be Spooky
On a night filled with creepy ghosts and goblins, what's really scary may be coming home with your child in their candy bucket.
It's easy to overindulge on Halloween candy. In fact, the average kid brings home about one-half weeks’ worth of candy.
"An average child can bring home a bag of candy that has over three thousand calories," said Melissa Schutz, a registered dietitian.
Halloween is a time for kids to dress up and go door to door trick or treating, but how many calories are in all those tasty treats?
"It can range anywhere from 25 calories with your little roll of smarties," said Schutz. "All the way up to over 200 calories for some of the chocolate candy bars."
It's easy to assume Halloween could be a dentist's nightmare, but, in general, people eat more sugar than suggested anyways. They say, just be sure to brush.
"Go ahead and eat the candy," said Dr. Matt VanderMolen of Advanced Dental Care. "That's O.K. Just be sure to brush your teeth and drink water. Those are the two main things."
While it's alright for kids, and even adults, to treat themselves, try to limit it to just a couple of their favorite pieces. It's easy to consume an entire meal's worth of calories in just a few pieces of candy.