As if the gross ingredients in candy weren't enough, this Easter, the typical U.S. child will eat more than 5,000 calories of festive "food," at least according to one report.
A recent poll of nearly 2,000 parents by discount website MyDeals.com found that the average youngster will be chowing down on $36 worth of Easter treats, including an average of seven chocolate eggs, 10 Marshmallow Peeps and two liters of soft drinks between Good Friday and Easter Monday.
The average child, depending on age and activity level, needs anywhere from 1,000 to 2,600 calories a day, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. That means for some little ones, those 5,000 Easter candy calories are more than enough for those four days, total -- and that doesn't even include the good stuff, like fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats.
Yes, Easter is only once a year. We know even kids are going to indulge at least a little. But let's put that 5,000 number into context:
With 24 in a 190-calorie serving, 5,000 calories of Whoppers Robin Eggs is about 631.6 eggs.
One Reese's Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Egg is 90 calories, so you'd need to eat 55.5 to equal 5,000 calories.
One Russell Stover Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny is 240 calories, meaning 20.8 bunnies equal 5,000 calories.
Five Marshmallow Peep chicks contain 140 calories, so 178.6 Peeps will set you back 5,000 calories.
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One Cadbury Creme Egg contains 150 calories, so 33.3 contain 5,000.
There are just four calories in one Jelly Belly jelly bean, so you'd need to eat 1,250 to equal 5,000 calories.