Scientists reveal that eating two and half kilos of sugar might prove fatal

  • Scientist have revealed how much Halloween candy could prove fatal
  • They found a fatal dose of sugar is 13.5g for every pound a person weighs
  • This means eating 100 packets of M&Ms in one sitting could cause death 
  • Other health risks include kidney failure, liver problems and depression

It is the time of year when trick or treating means you have the excuse of eating as much candy as you can.

But scientists have revealed consuming too many sugary treats at Halloween can damage your health or even prove fatal if eaten in huge quantities.

Researchers from the American Chemical Society conducted an experiment on rats to see how much sugar they could stand before it kills them.

Scientists have revealed consuming too many sugary treats at Halloween can damage your health or even prove fatal if eaten in huge quantities (file picture) 

Scientists have revealed consuming too many sugary treats at Halloween can damage your health or even prove fatal if eaten in huge quantities (file picture) 

And using the data, they estimate that a fatal dose of candy for a human would require a person to eat 13.5 grams of sugar for every pound in their body.

This means that as the average American man weighs 190lbs, they would have to eat 2,640 grams of sugar in one go, which is the equivalent of more than 100 ‘fun sized’ packets of plain M&Ms or 155 ‘fun sized’ Snickers.

FATAL DOSES OF HALLOWEEN CANDY 

For the average American man weighing 190lbs, a deadly amount of sugar to eat in one sitting is:

102 fun sized packets of plain M&Ms

155 fun sized Snickers bars

987 Hershey’s kisses

For the average American woman weighing 166lbs, a fatal amount of sugar in one sitting can be found in: 

214 individual Reese’s peanut butter cups

1,627 piece of corn candy

332 mini Kit Kat bars

Meanwhile as the average American woman weighs 166lbs, that means she would have to eat 2,250 grams of sugar in one go to be at risk of death.

This translated to eating as many as 214 individual Reese’s peanut butter cups or 1,627 pieces of candy corn.

But even if you were to survive such a huge sugar binge, it wouldn’t be without health risks, as the body would struggle to break down the glucose in the sugar.

And symptoms would include liver damage, gastrointestinal disturbances and even depressed activity.

Meanwhile other risks, especially for diabetics, include damage to the eyes, heart, nerves and kidneys.

The data comes as dietitians say parents are unaware of the impact excessive sugar consumption can have on their children.

They warn that the combination of the excitement of dressing up in costumes, along with the hyperactivity caused by the sugar consumption can also lead to a lack of sleep.

Even if you were to survive such a huge sugar binge, it wouldn't be without health risks, as the body would struggle to break down the glucose in the sugar (file picture) 

Even if you were to survive such a huge sugar binge, it wouldn’t be without health risks, as the body would struggle to break down the glucose in the sugar (file picture) 

Dietitian Gabrielle Maston explained: ‘Moderation is key, especially if kids have an otherwise healthy diet, but on Halloween kids get a lot of candy – bucket loads of it.

‘The first thing that happens when they consume the sugar is a spike in blood glucose which then makes their insulin go up and they start to get very hungry 30 minutes later.

‘This means they will be ready for a meal soon after and could lead to over-eating or in worst case scenarios, binge eating.

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