What About All of the Candy? What Impact Does It Have on Kids, on YOU?
Now that Halloween is over, what do you do about all that candy? Kids (and maybe You!!) will be eating all the candy they can find and sugar levels will be through the roof. But how much sugar is too much, and what are the signs your child is sugar overdosing? What’s worse is that if you are grazing around that candy stash, you are likely to be in danger of sugar overdosing too! While this article is directed at parents dealing with sugar gobbling kids, this article is equally applicable to anyone killing off candy!
Once you start, it’s very hard to stop eating the sweets. So here are some tips for you to recognize what a child (OR YOU) could be experiencing from binging on candy!
Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O., a New York-based Osteopathic Physician board-certified in family and anti-aging medicine, gives the rundown on sugar intake and what you need to know to keep your child out of a sugar coma.
How Much Sugar Is Too Much?
For children, it depends on their age and their calorie intake, but 12-25 grams a day is just enough.
What Are the Signs of Too Much Sugar?
#1: Sugar High
A sugar high happens when there are extremely high levels of blood sugar, which results in high energy and shaking of the hands. The candy equivalent is three Butterfingers, which is 30 grams.
#2: Sugar Crash
A sugar crash usually happens within an hour, and glucose levels in the body will drop, causing energy to decline as well. During a crash, you’ll most likely be fatigued, hungry, and may also have a headache. To get rid of a crash, your child’s best bet is to eat an apple or banana.
#3: Your Child is Craving More
Sugary foods release dopamine, which is the same chemical released during drug use. Once your child starts eating more sugary foods, such as those Halloween treats, the craving for more will continue. Pears are a great alternative, since it has almost 14 grams of sugar and reduces the risk of heart disease.
#4: Sleeping is Almost Impossible
Serotonin is released, which is our relaxation hormone, and is needed for a child to have a good night’s sleep. If insomnia issues arise, it’s time to reduce sugar intake.
When you eat a lot of sugar, your blood sugar levels rise, which causes the pancreas to produce insulin, a hormone that prompts cells to absorb blood sugar for energy and storage. When you have too much insulin, your blood sugar crashes, which makes you crave more sugar. So, if you cut back on sugary food, you won’t make a lot of insulin, and then you will stop craving the sugar.
Choose lower carb, lower glycemic foods, like berries, veggies, proteins, protein shakes, protein bars and yogurt.
Dr. Calapai’s Recommendation:
Children between two and 18 should eat fewer than six teaspoons of added sugar per day. That’s about 25 grams of sugar or 100 calories.
There is no difference for age, gender, or activity level.
And if you are eating candy too, you might want to throw some in the trash, donate it to a local church or library for them to share with local visitors.
OR if you want something a bit more creative to get rid of this candy FAST check out these posts:
If Your Kids Eat Too Much Halloween Candy Do This One Thing.
This link will help you get creative about what to do with the candy (and help everyone stop eating it)
OR here’s another one to help YOU stop eating the candy:
Ways I’m Avoiding Eating My Kids Halloween Candy
About the Doctor:
Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers.
Thanks to Dr. Calapei for these timely tips!
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