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Can too much Halloween candy kill you?

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Halloween is over and chances are, if you haven't already eaten yourself into a massive stomach ache- you're probably pretty close.

Be honest- we've all eaten enough tiny treats in a day to make it feel as though we might die. 

Scientists have some good news for you: the likelihood of you you 'overdosing' on candy is extremely unlikely. 

For an average American man, weighing in at about 195.5 lbs, it would take about 155 'fun size' Snickers bars or 102 'fun size packages of plain M&Ms.

And for an average American woman, weighing in at 166.2 lbs, it would take approximately 214 individual Reese's peanut butter cups, or 1,527 pieces of candy corn. Yuck.  

So go ahead and grab another piece or two; death by candy is fairly far fetched. 

According to the American Chemical Society, you would need to ingest 13.5 grams of sugar for each pound of body weight- all in one sitting in order to give yourself a 50/50 chance of consuming a lethal amount of sweets. 

Curious about your own calculations? 

According to the LA Times, a lethal dose is known as LD50 in medical literature. In order to calculate your LD50, you would multiply your weight in lbs by 13.5, then divide the result by the grams of sugar in the candy of choice (pick your poison). The answer will tell you how many servings of the sugary sweet you'd need to eat at once for a 50/50 chance at death. 

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