NEW YORK-- Halloween is about a week away and many people have already stocked up on
candy, but there's always the debate of just how much candy is too much.
Nutrition experts say it's completely normal to over indulge during this particular holiday and as long as you're being conscious of what you're eating, there shouldn't be a problem.
One thing they want to stress is that just because it's a bite size candy doesn't mean it's better for you. A fun-sized piece of chocolate can come packed with anywhere between 70 and 80 calories along with up to 10 grams of fat.
All that sugar and fat is hard to metabolize and eventually leads to weight gain. Candy also doesn't fill you up, so another tip is to eat it alongside a meal or alongside a healthy snack.
Sarah Thompson, a Lecturer of Health and Wellness Studies, said, "It should be balanced with a meal. So for example if you threw in a snack sized candy bar with their lunch or after school snack with a piece of fruit and glass of milk is a much better way to do it rather than just eating candy, after candy, after candy."
Nutrition experts also tell us some healthier alternatives to candy could be a bag of pretzels or even a bag of chips. While the calories are there, they are lower in sugar and tend to make you feel fuller.
They are also recommending finding different ways to use the candy in a more creative ways, including using it for gingerbread houses in the winter.