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FDA Warning About Eating Too Much Black Licorice

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Who knew?

"Don't accidentally overdose on black licorice this Halloween, the FDA warns"

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...Too much of the old-fashioned favorite can cause health problems such as irregular heart rhythm, especially in people over 40.
Black licorice contains a sweetening compound called glycyrrhizin, which can cause a drop in potassium levels. With low levels, some people might experience high blood pressure, swelling and even congestive heart failure, the FDA says.

I rarely eat it, but for me, a little black licorice goes along way. I do have a family friend who enjoys eating it and will have to share this warning with him.

Anyone else a fan of the candy?

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Yes, i have a small bag in the pantry that's calling my name right now.  

I'll,have to pace myself.

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I adore...love...crave...black licorice.  My grandmother and I used to pull the black jelly beans to eat ourselves.  

Unfortunately in my 20s I found out that it does cause heart problems for me and I have had to cut it out since then.>:(

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I've seen that warning before. I definitely enjoy black licorice; especially Dutch licorice (but not the double salt variety)!

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@curls  I love the double salt black licorice, probably because that's what I grew up with.  The black licorice sold here in Canada holds zero appeal for me.

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I'm very fond of the stuff but don't have it that often.  The CNN article doesn't specify what 'too much' means but the original FDA one says:

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If you’re 40 or older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could land you in the hospital with an irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia.

 

 

I just measured out two ounces/50 grams to see what it looked like.  It's quite a lot to consume daily for two weeks or more.  I think I'm safe! 

 

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