Where Did the Fear of Poisoned Halloween Candy Come From?

The answer, as always, is to blame the media

Worried about your kid's Halloween candy being poisoned? Don't be. (Kevin Krejci)

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You probably have some cyanide in your kitchen, and no, it’s not in the Pixy Stix or other candy. It’s in your fruit bin. The seeds of apples, mangos, and peaches contain trace elements of the poison. (But don’t worry—your body can handle small doses of cyanide. You would have to eat a dozen or two apple cores in a single meal in order to feel any meaningful effects.)

Excerpted from Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World's Most Interesting Facts Copyright © 2013 by Dan Lewis and published by F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

About the Author:

Dan Lewis is a father, husband, Mets fan, lawyer, and trivia buff. He writes a daily e-mail called "Now I Know," which began in June of 2010 with twenty subscribers and now boasts nearly 100,000. A proud graduate of Tufts University and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, he's currently a digital strategist for a well-known children's company. You can sign up for his newsletter at www.NowIKnow.com.

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