Halloween may be over, but if you’ve got a trick-or-treater in the family, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. The candy earnings will stick around for weeks after the holiday has ended. So what happens if you eat too much of it at once?
According to TODAY, the average trick-or-treater gathers between 3,500 and 7,000 calories in candy on Halloween, and it’s no surprise that the adults of the household will occasionally help themselves to a treat of their own.
During a sugar binge, your body goes on a crazy journey. Dr. Jason Ng at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine can speak to that experience. “It’s definitely important that you don’t eat too much. Your body essentially is on a roller coaster, and that roller coaster effect really takes a lot out of people,” he says.
Ng suggests limiting yourself to only certain types of candy if you want to avoid the “roller coaster.” Dark chocolates and peanut M&Ms will give you less sugar bit by bit, whereas Jolly Ranchers and lollipops force you to take your time eating, therefore delaying the sugar rush a bit.
If you’re already knee-deep in a pile of Kit Kats and Reese’s Cups, fear not. There are also ways to recover from a sugar binge. Drink plenty of water, exercise the sugar away, and eat lots of low-carb foods that contain fiber and healthy fats so you can “even things out” over time.
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