Tip #1: Stay away from the hard stuff

Hard candies usually contain the highest amount of sugar.

Tip #2: Make a quick sugar count and cut out the high sugar sweets

Where possible, check the packing and wrappers. Candies don’t all contain the same amount of sugar. If the package reports more than 20 grams per serving, limit it as much as possible.

Tip #3: Avoid liquid treats

Sugars dissolve in liquid at a higher concentration than in solid form. That means in liquid your child will receive a higher amount of sugar per serving. Liquid candy is a huge dose of sugar that can be consumed quickly.

Tip #4: Stay away from sticky sweets

Avoid sticky, chewy toffies and lollies. Sticky candy takes a long time to chew and break down in the mouth, which increases the time the mouth is exposed to the sugar load.

Tip #5: Stay clear of artificial coloring

Multi-colored candy or candy that have an unnatural flavoring are full of artificial food agents.

Tip #6: Avoid fruit on Halloween day

Fruit is the largest source of natural sugar, and even though it comes with natural fiber, your child’s body must still break it down.  Sticking to vegetables, meats and non-sweetened dairy for the rest of the day to reduces your child’s total sugar intake.

Tip #7: Choose candy made with real foods

Try to steer your child to treats that contain actual foods. For example, nuts, dark chocolate or butter-based treats will fill your child up and will prevent him or her from eating high sugar treats that can rot his or her teeth.