The Worst Halloween Candies For Your Teeth
I’d like to say this post is just for the kids, but I must confess–I, Tracy Turner, steal Halloween candy from children. Yes, I am guilty of occasionally sneaking a fun size Snickers or a tiny box of Nerds from my nieces and nephews. Here’s some interesting information for you, my fellow candy thieves:
Good news! This information is important for the dental health of children and adults. Did you know that in some cases, after enjoying sugary treats, it’s best to wait a little while to brush your teeth? Here are more interesting facts from realsimple.com:
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) spokesperson Cynthia Sherwood DDS FAGD says that chewy and sticky candies such as gummies and taffy are a serious source of tooth decay, particularly because they get stuck in the crevices between teeth, making it nearly impossible to remove. Even dried fruit such as raisins can cause a problem notes Dr. Sherwood.
Purely sugar snacks such as candy corn are also a problem for kids. Instead, you might try a small version of a candy that includes a protein, such as peanut butter cups or chocolate with nuts.
Dr. Sherwood recommends that parents stock their treat bowls with sugar-free lollipops and hard candies which stimulate saliva, helping to prevent dry mouth. . “A dry mouth allows plaque to build up on teeth faster, leading to an increased risk of cavities,” Dr. Sherwood says. Also good is sugar-free gum which can help dislodge particles from between the teeth.
Test your candy pickin’ prowess–would you make the best choice?
• Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Snickers? Snickers is the better choice because it contains less fat, less saturated fat, and 10 fewer calories in a fun-size candy comparison.
• Peanut M&M’s or Skittles? Skittles only have 61 calories compared to 90 in the peanut M&M’s, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a better choice. The peanuts help lower the glycemic index, so sugar is released more slowly into the bloodstream.
• Twix or Kit Kat? The Kit Kat will save you 20 calories and has less sodium and saturated fat.
• Candy Corn or Tootsie Rolls? This one is a trick question; it’s actually a tie. But if you are going for quantity, 26 pieces of candy corn have the same number of calories as 6 Tootsie Rolls (140).
For the rest of the list of candy options, visit www.RealSimple.com.