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Before you stuff your face with candy until you max out this Halloween, we want you to ask yourself how much is too much. Well folks, in keeping with the dark, spooky atmosphere of late October, we're taking a look at how many pieces of fun sized candy can kill you - if all eaten in one sitting. Oh and for you candy corn lovers out there, we're crunches those numbers too.

For those of you out there who want to figure out the oral LD50 for yourself fill in the variable "W" with your own weight in pounds:

(W*13.5)/9.3 = PIECES OF FUN SIZED CANDY

(W*13.5)/1.5 = PIECES OF CANDY CORN

Post your results down in the comments. Happy Halloween!

Reality check: Experts agree that you'd never be able to ingest enough candy to hit the LD50 of sucrose in humans (since you have to eat it all at once, which you wouldn't be able to do without vomiting). Also, the average person in the U.S. eats candy about 2-3 times per week. As with everything, moderation is key!

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Writer & Producer:
Kirk Zamieroski

Executive Producer:
Adam Dylewski

Scientific consultants:
Hans Plugge, Ph.D.
Kyle Nackers
Alison Le

SOURCES:

Sucrose LD50 - https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+500

NCA Candy Consumption Habit surveys - http://www.candyusa.com/news/americans-stay-sweet-on-halloween-by-embracing-moderation/

2016 Halloween Sales Estimates by NRF - https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/halloween-spending-reach-84-billion-highest-survey-history

AHA Suggested Added Sugars Per Day - http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/Added-Sugars_UCM_305858_Article.jsp#.V_bAmrTMyfQ

AHA Scientific Statement - http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/circulationaha/120/11/1011.full.pdf

CDC Average American - http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/body-measurements.htm

Average intake of Americans - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19704096

How the Body Breaks Sugar down - http://nutritionandmetabolism.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1743-7075-9-89

A brief history of Sucrose and what it does ot the body -https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/brainwaves/is-sugar-really-toxic-sifting-through-the-evidence/

Adypocytes & Obesity - http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.1001436

Sugars and Obesity - http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/78/4/850S.full

Nutrition of Most Popular Halloween Candies - http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Calories-Halloween-Candy-Fun-Size-Treats-5452936

Glycogen storage - http://chemistry.elmhurst.edu/vchembook/547glycogen.html

Sugar in Candy corn - http://www.brachs.com/products/candy-corn/

Compound Chem LD50 - http://www.compoundchem.com/2014/07/27/lethaldoses/

Forbes Infographic of Sugar Consumption - http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2012/08/30/how-much-sugar-are-americans-eating-infographic/#2f2886a61f71

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