Today is Halloween and that means that even those of us with strong wills are likely to succumb to some sugary treats. And this is perfectly fine to enjoy from time to time, but like all things we should enjoy sugary treats in moderation.
As we enter the Fall and move into Winter there are more and more occasions to eat sugary treats and candies, but we need to remember that if we don’t enjoy them as the occasional snack it can have a negative effect on our health, especially for seniors.
Sugary treats are packed with calories which are harder to burn off as we age and become less active, and while the sugar itself will be metabolized by our bodies, it is the weight we start to gain that will have negative effects on our health.
- Heart disease
- Weight gain
- High blood pressure
- Decreased metabolism
- Liver problems
- And more.
Some alternatives to sugary treats you can bring to parties and family gatherings for everyone to enjoy include:
- Popcorn mixed with bits of dark chocolate
- Healthy granola bars
- Chocolate flavoured rice cakes
- Light jello
- Water with lemon or orange slices
- Nuts with a little honey drizzled on top
- Sweet corn
- Frozen grapes
- Healthy muffins
- Trail mix
- Dried fruits
- Chewing gum
- A square or two of dark chocolate
- And a number of other alternatives.
Remember, sugary treats like cake and candy have their place but in moderation. If you feel that sugary foods are affecting your health, or you’d like help planning meals we recommend speaking with your doctor or a dietitian. And Care At Home Services is always available to help you live a healthier life at home.