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Help kids make better bad choices this Halloween

Halloween is a night of tricks and especially treats for children, but for parents it can turn into a nightmare as their little ghosts and goblins splurge on candy with no health benefits.

“Halloween is one day, and for most children a handful of their favorite candy is not a problem. The challenge is what happens to the rest of the trick-or-treat goodies,” said Roberta Anding, registered dietitian at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital.

She advises letting children enjoy a few of their favorites after a night of trick-or-treating, and then putting the rest out of sight, such as in the freezer. If youngsters do ask for it, parents should serve it as a dessert after a meal, not as a snack.

While no candy can be viewed as a health food, there is such a thing as a “better” bad choice, such as dark chocolate, especially if paired with fruit or nuts, Anding said.

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