The Spooky Truth About Sugar

MONSTERS AND GHOSTS AND SUGAR, OH MY! Wait… sugar? That’s right. The scariest thing you’ll encounter this Halloween may just be sweets.
Here are some hair-raisingstatistics about Halloween candy consumption:
Americans purchase around 600 million pounds–or 2 billion dollars worth–of candy each year for Halloween.Kids consume up to 7,000 calories on Halloween and the average trick-or-treater intakes about three cups of sugar.The average child would need to trick-or-treat for over 100 miles to burn off what they eat during Halloween.
These statistics may be a bit shocking but what is perhaps even more frightening is how much sugar the average American consumes on a daily basis, not just around October 31st.
According to a studydone by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, sugar makes up 16 percent of the average american child’s daily caloric intake. The American Dental Association recommends that

added sugar should make up no more than 10 percent of total energy intake and ideally less than five percent.
More Sugar, More Cavities
It’s no secret that sugar in excess can be harmful to your health. High sugar consumption has been linked to obesity, diabetes and poor heart health. We also know it can be especially damaging to teeth and gums.
When we eat foods that contain sugar, we are not the only ones enjoying the meal–so are the harmful bacteria in our mouths. As a result, these bacteria produce acids that eat away at our teeth and cause tooth decay, or in other words, cavities.
Watch Out For Added Sugars And Try To Cut Back
Almost all foods have some type of sugar in them. Naturally occurring sugars–like those found in milk, and fresh fruit and vegetables–are less worrisome, since these choices are healthy overall. What you want to keep an eye out for are added
sugars.