Why You Should Let Your Kids Eat All the Halloween Candy They Want

Halloween was a thrilling time for a megalomaniac only child like me. After a night of running around in costumes that were inevitably ill-suited to the weather, my girl posse and I would go back to my house where we’d count, sort, and trade our candy haul. There were strict rules and rankings, all of which I’ve forgotten except that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were worth five of anything else. Then we’d turn on Pop Up Video and feast on bite-sized sugar bombs until we were comatose in our sleeping bags. Ah, youth.

My mom’s strategy was to allow this hedonism for one night and then ration me to one piece a day until Thanksgiving, when whatever was left would get “thrown away.” Sure, Mom.

A lot has changed since then (R.I.P. Pop Up Video). As someone who’s been out of the trick-or-treating game for a few hot seconds, I was curious to know how parents are handling Halloween candy in 2016. A quick survey of the BA office showed that the rationing policy is still a popular technique. A few people said their kids actually forget about their candy after a couple weeks, which I find completely baffling. “I dole it out while they’re trick-or-treating to keep their energy up, then I make up some completely arbitrary amount that they’re allowed to eat that night,” said food director Carla Lalli Music. Editor in chief Adam Rapoport feeds his kid dinner after trick-or-treating, an ingenious way to distract him with healthy food (okay, with pizza).

These strategies seemed a little…unscientific, so I went to the experts. First I asked Emily Fonnesbeck, a registered dietitian and mom who writes often about kids’ nutrition on her blog. Shockingly, Fonnesbeck told me she lets her kids eat as much candy as they …read more

Source:: Bon Appetit