Halloween: it is better to give these sweets to children in (very) small quantities

On this October 31, Halloween day, our colleagues from BFMTV were interested in the candies that the youngest will collect. And while these sweets are obviously to be consumed in moderation, some should be avoided. This is particularly the case for sour treats, which are very popular with children. These stinging candies contain citric, malic and tartaric acids, which are bad for teething. “The consumption of these acid candies is certainly what is the worst for the teeth”, warns the dental surgeon Catherine Mojaïsky, at the microphone of BFMTV. And to explain: “What destroys tooth enamel is acid, whether directly when you eat acidic things like lemon, or sugar, which under the effect of bacteria is transformed in acid.”


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A notice from the French Food Safety Agency, published in December 2001, already warned of the harmful effect of these sweets, in particular the risk of “irritation of the gums”. If dentists advocate an extreme limitation of these delicacies, a dietician warns of the risk that such a restriction could cause. “The more you will demonize and ban the product (…), the more the child will be attracted to this food. It’s important to really frame”, advance Déborah Ohana.


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The manufacturers of these sweets also warn consumers on the packaging. On some packages is written the words: “To consume in a reasonable way.” In addition to the harmful consequences that these sweets can have on teething, doctors also remind that because of their very high glycemic index, it is strongly recommended to consume them only at the end of a meal.

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