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This Is the Healthiest Time to Eat Your Halloween Candy

From TIME - October 31, 2017

During Halloween season, theres no shortage of candy at your fingertips. Its everywhere: in your office, your house and every supermarket and drugstore.

With temptation all around, it can be easy to graze on sweets all day long. Instead, though, its possible to indulge strategically.

The first rule: dont ever eat candy by itself, says Christy Brissette, a Toronto-based registered dietitian. You want to have something with some protein and some healthy fat and fiber before you have anything that has simple sugars.

Eating more substantial food before candy helps slow the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream, she explains, which in turn helps protect levels of blood-sugar-regulating insulin from spiking and then crashing. Thats important, Brissette says, because research suggests that high insulin levels may be linked with obesity, Type 2 diabetes and even some types of cancer.

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