a) avoid it all and be an antisocial pariah for Halloween instead of going as Darth Vader for the 20th year in a row or
The bottom line is that like everything else in your daily life, nutrition requires forethought to be effective. You need a plan to get where you want to go.”
- Today, an average American consumes about 22 teaspoons of sugar per day, which amounts to 77 pounds of sugar per year
- The human body is not made to consume excessive amounts of sugar, especially fructose. It is actually a hepatotoxin and is metabolized directly into fat – factors that can cause a whole host of problems that can have far-reaching effects on your health
- One study found that fructose is readily used by cancer cells to increase their proliferation – it “feeds” the cancer cells, promoting cell division and speeding their growth, which allows the cancer to spread faster
- As a general recommendation, keep your total fructose consumption below 25 grams per day, including that from whole fruit
Now, let’s talk about what’s in those little “fun size” candy bars. We’ll use as an example, one of my favorites–the Nestle Crunch. Remember, this is the “fun size version”. One Fun Size Nestle Crunch bar contains 70 calories, 3.3g of total fat, 1.7mg cholesterol and 20mg of sodium. The total carbohydrate count is 9.7g, 8g of which come from sugar. Remember, the WHO Guidelines for sugar intake for adults is no more than 25 grams per day. This is total sugar in all of your food for the entire day, not just “added sugars”. The AHA goes a step further and breaks it down to include that children should not exceed more than 12 grams (3 tsp.) per day. In other words, about 1.5 pieces of that Nestle Crunch Bar should do for a child, and that’s if they didn’t eat any other foods with carbohydrates in them.
I’m not saying that you’ll be able to pry the candy from your child’s grip tomorrow evening, or that you will necessarily be able to keep yourself from overindulging. BUT, if you are armed with knowledge, you at least have a fighting chance to try to be responsible about your diet and what you decide to put into it. Be safe out there and have a wonderful time!