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Candy, Candy, Candy: Hidden Dangers of Holiday Treats

October 28, 20159 min
As a kid, Halloween may have been your favorite holiday. As a parent, it may be your worst nightmare.As a kid, Halloween may have been your favorite holiday. As a parent, it may be your worst nightmare.All that candy, with all that sugar and other unhealthy ingredients, especially artificial food colors and dyes. Food coloring has been considered a neurotoxin, causing hyperactivity and other attention issues in children.But, it's the holiday... how can you say "no" to your kids when it comes to eating their favorite loot?Kathryn Guylay says the worst thing you can do is just take the candy away with no real explanation. Kids don't always understand what "unhealthy" means, or the long-term consequences eating bad foods can have.Instead, learn what motivates your child. In Guylay's own experience, she discovered her son really does not like to be taken for a fool. So, she explained to him how many of the food manufacturers paint a "pretty picture" on the front of a food box but by reading the ingredient label, the deception can be detected.Every child is going to be different, so try to find something that will speak to your child. Perhaps you can relate it to physicality... How does your child's body feel? How does eating badly impact their athletic or academic performances? The key is to educate and empower your kids. The more they can learn, the better able they are to make choices.Listen in as Guylay joins Andrea and Lisa to share more tips and ideas for making sure your kids learn to eat health on holidays, as well as all throughout the year.

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