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Halloween candy: How much is OK for kids to eat?

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With Halloween just around the corner, parents across the U.S. are scrambling to buy candy to pass out to trick-or-treaters. 

Spending on All Hallow’s Eve 2021 is projected to surpass $10 billion, according to the National Retail Federation – an all-time high, even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The group’s annual survey found that about 65% of Americans are planning to celebrate Halloween, or at least participate in Halloween-related activities. 

66% plan to hand out candy and the federation predicts that $3 billion will be spent on candy alone. 

But, there are some things to remember before sending your little pirate, astronaut or vampire out to the house with the big chocolate bars. 

Candy became an essential part of trick-or-treating in the 1970s

While eating sugar on Halloween is part of the fun, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to make sure your child does so safely. 

In its own guidance, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended people eat healthier and warned about tooth decay. 

“Keep Halloween candy at bay. Care for teeth the right way – brush with a fluoride toothpaste each and every day,” it advised.

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