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