Trick or treat!
It’s that special time of year again where the ghosts and goblins roam the streets, carved pumpkins decorate the lawns and where the hidden talent of a zombie make-up artist is unearthed. This one day makes us all kids again, giving us the opportunity to show our creative side with our costumes and —of course— indulge in the never-ending Halloween candy.
Retailers are reveling in the estimated $3.9 billion spent in costumes and the $2.5 billion in candy during this time. Everyone from retailers to the walking dead in haunted houses should be able to experience the joy and excitement of Halloween.
Unfortunately, for those who suffer from digestive disorders like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Halloween can be a very scary day for their stomach and intestines. With that said, here are some go-tos and do-nots when it comes time to trick or treat.
There are some candies that trigger symptoms more than others. Avoiding or limiting intake of these delectable morsels is recommended to avoid a reoccurrence or flare up of symptoms:
It is hard to imagine not digging into the candy bowl on Halloween and picking out your favorite piece. The good news is that there are some candies that not only will satisfy any sweet tooth, they will keep symptoms at bay as well.
Halloween is a tricky holiday for those who are suffering from IBS, GERD or other digestive disorders. In fact, it is nearly impossible for those who suffer from food allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project was created to promote safety, inclusion and respect for those that are suffering from food allergies during this spooky time of year. That way, children may still enjoy the excitement of Halloween while avoiding the threat of ingesting something that can cause a severe reaction.
Enjoy the ghosts, goblins, superheroes and candy in moderation along with plenty of water and a well- balanced meal. If you have a known sensitivity that triggers your symptoms, steer clear of these goodies!
And, if you happen to overindulge or find yourself experiencing some new gastrointestinal symptoms, contact Digestive Healthcare Center today.
At Digestive Healthcare Center, we want each patient at our three offices in New Jersey to feel confident about their digestive health. We encourage you to contact us today to make an appointment with one of our expert gastroenterologists – don’t wait to start putting your digestive health first!
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