Every year during the pink and red weeks of mid-February, Americans spend $1.6 billion on Valentine’s Day candy — and a lot of that sugar is heading straight into your child’s bloodstream.
Experts release study after study showing that too much sugar is having a deleterious effect on our children — on everything from their taste buds to their ability to focus in school. And even parents who aren’t obsessed with their children’s glucose levels still need to be careful of what they’re passing out in school.
The number of children with peanut allergies is mysteriously rising, and many factory-made candies contain traces of nuts. Add diabetes and gluten intolerance to the mix and your kid could be walking into school with what basically amounts to a beautiful bag of poison.
If you’re not ready to go that far, though, consider this: Homemade valentines are more fun, more thoughtful, and much more likely to catch the eye of that special someone.
And we’re pretty sure that’s scientifically proven … somewhere.