Find Out What This Nutritionist Has to Say About Your Kid's Halloween Candy
The dreaded posthaul candy dump . . . it's the thing parents least look forward to on Nov. 1. Toddler negotiations reach an all-time high, and clever teens know to hide their stash before their parents can do inventory. While one of the most fun aspects of Halloween is the trick-or-treating, the aftermath — the candy sorting — is always a sore subject for families. The kids want to eat it all, and the parents, of course, want the opposite.
We reached out to registered dietitian Jillian Kubala, MS, RD, to find out whether parents should cave to the holiday pressure or stick to their guns. The biggest thing she had to say is to just remind everyone that Halloween — and Halloween candy — is about fun. "It's important for children to develop a healthy relationship with all foods and to learn that an occasional treat is perfectly fine," Kubala said. That said, read on to learn about the "worst offenders."