Scientists Claim Too Much Halloween Candy Can Kill
Many parents reprimand their children that they can become sick after eating too much candy on Halloween. They are right and now scientists have the evidence to support the parents' concerns.
The video filmed by the American Chemical Society (ACS) demonstrates how candy can not only make a person sick but can even kill.
Those who love eating candy corn as a Halloween treat had better stop well short of the 1,627 pieces. Such amount of sweets can be deadly when eaten in one sitting by a grown up person. If you prefer bite-size chocolates of your favorite candy bar keep in mind that eating 262 pieces in one sitting could also become fatal.
You may wonder why. Two much of added sugar changes the balance of water in your body, and cells in particular. When too much sugar gets into your body your cells will start losing water. The data and results of the scientific research are described in the book "Chemistry in Your Kitchen" written by Matt Hartings, an ACS expert in the field of food chemistry and materials science. The organization employs a special measurement called LD 50 to determine the condition it defines as "hypothetical death by gluttony."
According to the ACS, LD 50 is the quantity of a chemical substance capable of killing half of an animal test population, like rats. This fatal quantity depends on the size of each animal. When it comes to humans, a person needs to eat about 5.4 pounds of sugar to reach the LD 50 level (the ACS grounds its study on the fact that a person's average weight is 180 pounds).
It should be noted that eating all this sugar at once constitutes real threat as it causes acute toxicity. Eating five candy bars every day for years will result in long-term toxicity that can lead to developing Type 2 diabetes.