Black Licorice Warning From The Government

October 31, 2017

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As door bells rings as homes open their doors to kids asking for treats, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding everyone that too much black licorice can he harmful to your health.  While the two camps are divided about black licorice, those who are devoted fans might want to enjoy your licorice is safe, small amounts. The extract from the licorice root that gives the candy its sweet flavor (glycyrrhizin) can alter the potassium levels in your body. If those drop too far, you might experience symptoms like increased blood pressure, swelling, lethargy, or even abnormal heart rhythms or congestive heart failure. Obviously, those are bad. But the good news is, it takes a fair amount of candy to cause a problem. For consumers who are over 40, the FDA says that eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could land you in the hospital with heart trouble. If you have been eating large amounts of the candy, and you start to feel like your heart is beating weirdly or your muscles are going week, stop immediately and call your doctor. TO be safe, look at the ingredients of black licorice as many “black licorice” candies do not in fact contain any actual licorice, instead using various flavorings and therefore won’t have the same negative effects.

SOURCE:  The Consumerist

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