Worst Treats for Halloween

One of the scariest thoughts on Halloween is what all that candy will do to your kid's teeth, to her health, and to her behavior. The word "treat" hardly describes the effect! While kids may argue that the worst treats to get are apples, pencils and pennies, dentists and nutritionist don't agree. When the stash is dumped from the pillowcase onto the living room floor, beware -- the very worst treats may be in disguise!

Is this treat tricking you?

  • Hard or chewy candies, such as gum and taffy, are choking hazards for toddlers.
  • Some candies pack a walloping 25 percent of the daily allowance for saturated fat in one bar. The highest include Mounds (11 grams of saturated fat in a two-ounce bar), Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar (nine grams in 1.5 ounces) and Almond Joy (eight grams in 1.7 ounces).

Candy in a "healthy" costume

Halloween treats that stick to teeth are worse for your teeth than those that clear the mouth quickly. Beware of candy in costume. If you think granola bars are healthy for teeth, think again! Along with chips and crackers, they may adhere longer to teeth than gummy worms or caramel! This may be because the candy contains soluble sugars that are quickly washed away by saliva.

Not the usual suspects

Here is a ranking of foods from worst to best for retained food particles after five minutes:

  1. Granola Bars
  2. Peanut butter crackers
  3. Dried Figs
  4. Chocolate Caramel Peanut Bars
  5. Jelly Beans
  6. Raisins
  7. Chocolate Caramel Bars
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