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Sour Candy Equals Battery Acid?

Posted Oct 10 2008 2:07pm

I know, I know. To some of you, I’m playing the part of the scrooge, only a few months early this year. I can assure you that I don’t advocate abolishing Halloween, or even abolishing handing out candy on Halloween. Let’s be serious, I’m not an absolutist. But, I do think it’s wise for us to take an extra 10 seconds to think about the types of candy we’re placing in our shopping carts when stocking up for the Trick-Or-Treaters.

No Sour Candy

No sour candy. That’s the major rule I’d try to follow this Halloween. There are plenty of other candy choices, and most kids like the non-sour stuff as well. I’m talking about getting rid of the “tear jerkers”, and the sour gummy worm-type stuff. You know, the stuff that makes you pucker when you eat it. I freely admit that I used to love this stuff as a kid. But, I know better now - especially after reading a recent article found in “ Market Watch “. The article likened the ph of sour candy to that of battery acid! Yeah, battery acid. If that’s not frightening, then I don’t know what is.

Why sour candy is bad for your teeth

Ok, so I’ve told you why It’s not good to hand out sour candy on Halloween, but how exactly does it effect teeth. Erika Feltham, a Registered Dental Hygienist, says:

It is not at all surprising that this candy is a contributing factor to acid erosion. With repeated exposure and frequency, sour candy can also lead to a host of oral health problems, including increased cavities, tooth sensitivity, staining, soft-tissue sensitivities and loss of shine.

Halloween candy tips

The following are additional tips for dealing with sour candy on Halloween, contributed by the California Dental Hygienists’ Association (CDHA).

  • Look for the following acids on the back label of ingredients and avoid them: citric, lactic, malic, tartaric, fumaric, adipic, ascorbic
  • If you choose to consume sour candies, rinse your mouth with water immediately afterwards to reduce the damaging effects from the acids

Your thoughts

Think I’m overreacting. Should we let kid be kids? Let me know.


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