Halloween Trick with Treats

Halloween Trick with Treats

When it comes to the customary Halloween problem of huge amounts of sugar entering our children in a short time frame, Dr. William Tamborlane’s research on fiber and sugar has some practical applications. He found that total sugar intake does not correlate with changes in children’s behavior — but that the amount of sugar in relation to the amount of fiber does.

So my trick is to get more fiber into kids on Halloween evening. Before trick-or-treating, enjoy a big dinner together. Aim for whole grains, vegetables, and/or fruits. Minimize dishes made from processed white flour or sugar.

When kids return home from trick-or-treating, have them eat an apple before they dig into the sweets. Or slice a cool crisp apple, and have them alternate servings of candy with apple slices as they indulge. Happy Halloween to you and your family!

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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