Dentists OK Halloween Candy Binge – Most dentists are saying it’s OK to gorge on Halloween and have given kids permission to go on a candy binge. It’s known as the celebration of all things sugary. However, some groups are stating that it’s a complete disaster for parents trying to protect their children from the sweets.
In online forums, moms trade tips for keeping sweets away from kids without their cluing in. One mom says she partners with neighbors to supply trick-or-treaters with only pre-approved treats. Other parents are more openly Scroogey, one mom torments her kids by forcing them to hand out the sweets they collected earlier in the evening to trick-or-treaters who show up later on their doorstep.
Yet another mother invokes the “Great Pumpkin,” who swoops down tooth-fairy-style, removing Milk Duds and leaving toys and books in their stead. It certainly doesn’t help when dentists are saying it’s fine to binge.
But considering that 1 in 3 kids is overweight or obese, the sugar crackdown shouldn’t be so surprising. Try healthy alternatives, nutritionists suggest: pretzels, raisins, cereal bars. If you absolutely must embrace sugar, choose the bite-size bars lowest in fat or sugar: Three Musketeers, Butterfinger, Milky Way, Raisinets, Starburst and York Peppermint Patties are all “better choices,” according to recommendations reviewed by a nutritionist at Clemson University.
Since 2007, the Halloween Candy Buy-Back has solicited sweets from trick-or-treaters and shipped it to deployed soldiers. “The troops told us that they use the candy to hand out to kids, and the kids give them intelligence in return, like where the bad guys are, who the bad guys are and where bombs are hidden,” says Carolyn Blashek, the founder of Operation Gratitude, which runs the buy-back.
Appropriately, it was a dentist who initially came up with the idea of appropriating Halloween loot in an effort to keep kids away from the annual binge. Four years ago when Chris Kammer first put out the word in Wisconsin that he was collecting candy, he received 20,000 lbs. from 300 dentists; last year, 1,700 participated, contributing 250,000 lbs. Most dentists pay kids $1 a pound for their bounty. The response has been so overwhelming that Kammer had to formally cede coordination of the projection to Operation Gratitude last year.