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5. Is it OK for children to eat candy?

Candy can fit in most healthy children’s diets. Candy is often referred to as sometimes foods; which are those foods that are not eaten all the time or every day. Rather, they are foods that are enjoyed once or twice a week, or even just a few times each year. Sometimes foods don’t make up the majority of foods in children’s diets, because they don’t provide adequate nutrients to sustain growth and health.

Children learn that there are no “good” foods or “bad” foods. Occasionally, offering candy can be part of a healthy diet. Adults who restrict all candy for children reinforce children’s desire for that food. However, adults who give children candy throughout the day limit the amount of nutrients the child needs for growth and development. The key is balance. Continue to offer children a variety of nutrient dense foods the majority of time, but it is okay to sometimes offer less nutrient dense foods.

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