Trick or treat: Black licorice can be harmful to your health

BY PIKALUK FROM UK

BY PIKALUK FROM UK

For anyone 40 or older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could cause health problems, according to the FDA.

Black licorice contains glycyrrhizin, which can cause a drop in your body's potassium levels.

"When that happens, some people experience abnormal heart rhythms, as well as high blood pressure, edema (swelling), lethargy, and congestive heart failure", the FDA says.

epa03454135 Children dressed up in costumes for Halloween go trick-or-treating to a house in the Friendship Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC, USA, 31 October 2012.

So those at a greater risk should eat these delicious slime-filled spider treats in moderation, for example.

Potassium levels return to normal when the consumption of black licorice stops.

The FDA is sharing a warning about the potential dangers of black licorice.

The FDA advises to avoid eating large amounts of black licorice, and if you suffer from irregular heart rhythm or muscle weakness after eating the candy, stop immediately. Consult a health care professional if you have questions about possible interactions with a drug or supplement you take.

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