How to keep your candy consumption safe and healthy

By Alyssa Donovan

November 1, 2013 Updated Nov 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Before sinking your teeth into those goody bags, medical experts advise parents to take a look at the tasty treasures.

About 4 percent of all candy eaten in the country occurs on one day, Halloween. In fact about 90 million pounds of candy gets consumed.

But its not just kids who are taking in the treats, about 50 percent of adults are sneaking snacks from their kids stash.

Men consume about 54 percent and women consume 46 percent of all Halloween candy.

Before you dig in make sure to examine your kids’ collection.

Tell them not to eat any of their candy until they get home, that way you can go through it.

Throw away any candy that has been unwrapped and make sure anything homemade came from someone you know.

Then let them pick a few treats for tonight and save the rest.

"Best way would be to ration out the candy, we don't want them going on candy binges and eating it all tonight, " said Dr. Terry Ho, Pediatrician with OSF Medical Group. "I think if parents can be somewhat in control of the candy and try to give it to them as they see fit over the next couple days or weeks."

"Maybe set a treat time everyday so that the children can have a couple of pieces of candy and know that they get that everyday," said Sara Sparkman from the Tazewell County Health Department. "Moderation is obviously key."

If your kids collect way too much, Maple Shade Dental will be doing a candy buy back on Monday night from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Kids get a dollar for every pound of candy they bring in.

You can drop your candy off at any of the 3 office locations:

- 1001 Illini Drive in East Peoria

- 11825 N. Knoxville Ave in Peoria

- 1320 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria

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