As children eagerly await the visit of the Easter Bunny, dentists and dietitians are joining together to encourage Australians to be careful about how much chocolate they consume over the holidays because of the potential impact on the waistline and teeth.
“The sugar content of most chocolate eggs is very high and because of the large amount of chocolate that might be consumed over the holidays, we are very concerned that consumers look after their teeth during this high risk time”, said Dr Karin Alexander, Australian Dental Association President. “Unfortunately, the incidence of dental disease and decay in children is on the rise so it is very important that parents supervise the amount of chocolate that children eat and that they clean their teeth regularly”, she added. “It is best if children eat their chocolate treats immediately after a meal rather than in between meals.
CEO of the Dietitians Association of Australia Ms Claire Hewat, echoes Dr Alexander’s ‘all in moderation approach’, and is encouraging Aussies to opt for smaller portions and include non-food treats in the Easter basket this year.
“The average adult will be eating more than half of their recommended daily energy intake with a single 200g chocolate bunny. Do your health and your waistline a favour by treating yourself and your family with other Easter surprises too, such as an egg and spoon race”, says Ms Hewat.
Both Claire Hewat and Karin Alexander want you to enjoy your Easter but do so in moderation and keep an eye on your health and that of your family.