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Halloween candy consumption concerns

Kids trick or treating (Source: WALB) Kids trick or treating (Source: WALB)
Lauren Saxena, Registered Dietician with TRHS (Source: WALB) Lauren Saxena, Registered Dietician with TRHS (Source: WALB)
Tift Regional Medical Center (Source: WALB) Tift Regional Medical Center (Source: WALB)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Health experts remind parents and trick-or-treaters that candy can lead to a major sugar rush for children and adults. 

Registered Dietician for Tift Regional Health System Lauren Saxena said Halloween can be a time to indulge, but within limits.

While there is no "healthy" candy, there are low and no-sugar alternatives such as all natural fruit leathers or even popcorn.

She says if you are still concerned about your child eating too much candy, eat a light meal, like dinner, before consuming the sweet treats. 

"Well every kid is different. I can't give you an exact amount of how much candy they should be eating, but moderation is always key," said Saxena.

Saxena said a good rule of thumb is to indulge tonight and then over then next week or so, let children have two or three pieces a day. 

She said after that, it's best to donate the candy. 

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