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14 Things Nutritionists Do on Halloween That You Don’t

14 Things Nutritionists Do on Halloween That You Don’t

Learn how top food experts make the idea of a healthy Halloween less scary.


They don’t get “fun-size” candy

If it’s smaller, it’s healthier, right? Not exactly. Miniature candies can lead to overeating; save them for trick-or-treaters, not for your pantry. “Get normal sizes, because the fun-size you have to buy in bulk,” says nutritionist Rania Batayneh, MPH, author of The One One One Diet. “You don’t think it adds up because they’re small, but they can add an extra 200 to 400 calories a day.” If you crave sweets, purchase a normal candy bar. Eat half, then stash the rest in the freezer for another time.

They avoid candy corn

“There’s nothing good from candy corn—just don’t touch it,” says Brooke Alpert, RD, founder of B Nutritious, a New York City-based counseling practice. “At least a Snickers bar has nuts, which can slow the absorption of sugar down. With candy corn, you may as well be injecting sugar into your bloodstream.” Nutritionist Robert Ferguson, CN, author of Diet-Free for Life, avoids licorice with trans fats (though he loves the natural kind), and Batayneh says even though she wouldn’t completely exclude anything from her diet, she tries to avoid high-sugar candies, like mellowcreme pumpkins.

They watch for these three ingredients:

“I let my kids keep all the candy they get—as long as it doesn’t have trans fatty acids in it,” says Ferguson. “As a parent, I’d avoid any foods made with three ingredients: partially hydrogenated oils, fractionated oils, and interesterified oils.” All three can be spotted on ingredient lists, and contain unhealthy fats that have been linked to conditions like heart disease and obesity.

They play games to resist temptation

“Put a glass jar on your desk, and every time you have the willpower to forego the office candy jar, give yourself a dollar,” says Joy Bauer, RD, nutrition and health expert for NBC’s TODAY show, and founder ofNourish Snacks. “At the end of the week, you have a glass full of money you can use to go pamper yourself with something special.”

To read full article (and to check out some interesting related articles), visit Reader’s Digest.

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