Published: Wed, November 01, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

FDA Issues Black Licorice Overdose Warning

FDA Issues Black Licorice Overdose Warning

Unless you're planning on eating yourself into a grave, the FDA says you might want to back off on the black licorice.

According to the agency, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least 2 weeks could land you in the hospital with an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia), particularly if you're 40 or older. It makes the licorice sweeter but it can also cause a risky drop in potassium levels.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is encouraging people to be careful how much black licorice they eat if they are planning to snack on the candy over Halloween. And, the link has been noted in several different medical journals over the years.

We all know that too much candy is bad for us, but how much is too much? When that happens some people, especially those over 40, may experience an abnormal heart beat, high blood pressure, swelling, lethargy or even congestive heart failure.

Black licorice could also mix dangerously with medications that reduce potassium levels such as diuretics, the NCCIH warns. The FDA recommends consulting a doctor to see if any prescribed mediations could be altered by the candy, or if any of the associated symptoms with glycyrrhizin occur.

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

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"Licorice is also used as a flavoring in food".

Black licorice looks innocent enough.

While binging on candy is a Halloween tradition, it seems like a good idea to go easy on the black licorice from now on.

Potassium levels usually return to normal with no permanent health problems when the person stops eating black licorice, said the FDA.

"Licorice, or liquorice, is a low-growing shrub mostly grown for commercial use in Greece, Turkey, and Asia".

Regardless of your age, avoid eating large amounts of black licorice at one time.

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