(Photo: Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Halloween is right around the corner and with that comes lots and lots of candies and treats to gobble up, but just how much candy does the average American eat during this holiday? The answer is 1.2 pounds of candy, according to registered dietician and wellness specialist Kristen Rowe with the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
The average amount of candy consumed is equal to of 33 fun-size Snickers, 56 fun-size Twix, 127 Starburst, or 280 M&M's, so how do your favorites stack up and how much exercise does it take to burn them off? Find your answer below:
Snickers candy bar (One fun-size) contains 72 calories.
Exercise required: 19 minute walk
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, Twix or Skittles (one fun-size): = 80 calories
Exercise required: 20 minute bike ride
Butterfinger or Kit Kat (one snack size): = 100 calories
Exercise required: 25 minute walk
Peanut M&M's (one fun size): = 180 calories
Exercise required: 42 minutes of raking leaves or 200 push ups
Milky Way candy bars (5 miniatures): = 190 calories
Exercise required: 30 minutes of aerobics
Candy Corn (20 pieces): = 150 calories
Exercise required: Stair climber for 30 minutes
If you have children and want to avoid a sugar crash or excess candy intake, make sure your child has a well-balanced meal before trick-or-treating, limit candy intake to 1-3 pieces per day, allow your children to pick out favorites and get rid of the rest, choose only fun-size or miniature bars, and set up a candy "buy-back" system by allowing them to pay you in candy for something else they want, such as a trip to the zoo, new clothes, or cash.
If you're looking for healthier options to give trick-or-treaters this year, try handing out popcorn, fruit chews made with 100 percent real juice, animal crackers, granola bars, sugar-free chewing gum, packages of instant hot chocolate, raisins, and nuts. Also, instead of snacks, you can hand out things they can use including boxes of crayons, stickers, colored pencils, erasers, Halloween tattoos, Halloween jewelry, plastic vampire teeth, bubbles, glow sticks, yo-yos, or games.
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