The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning before one of the biggest candy and sweets-eating holidays of the year. FDA officials advised caution when consuming treats for Halloween and especially warned against the excessive and extended consumption of black licorice.
Black Licorice on FDA’s Black List?
The FDA starts its warning by stating that “As it turns out, you really can overdose on candy—or, more precisely, black licorice.”
In then continues by advising moderation when consuming this treat, no matter the age. People over 40 should especially pay attention when eating this type of licorice. Reportedly, eating it for two weeks or more might land the consumer in the hospital with arrhythmia or an irregular heartbeat.
As it is, black licorice’s effects can be felt at any age, if one eats too much at a time. The FDA recommends that anyone that has been consuming excessive amounts of this treat and seems to have an irregular heartbeat should stop eating the sweet immediately. They should also contact their medical provider or seek medical attention.
This licorice can also seemingly interact with some herbs, dietary supplements, and medication, so people looking to consume it might want to consult a professional beforehand.
Black licorice’s effects were linked to one of the sweetening compounds in its composition, glycyrrhizin. Derived from licorice root, this can seemingly cause a fall in the body’s potassium levels. Because of this, some people might have arrhythmia, while others may experience high blood pressure, swelling, or lethargy, among others.
According to the FDA warning, some medical journals found a link between black licorice and health problems in people aged 40 or older that were also known to have high blood pressure and/or heart disease.
As it is, trick-or-treaters and people looking to enjoy Halloween can eat black licorice without a problem, just not too much, as moderation should be the main target when eating any type of candy or sweets today and the following weeks.
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