Know Limits for Black Licorice

Food and Drug Administration warningWhen you pass by the Halloween candy bowl this week, federal health officials want adults 40 and older to limit the amount of black licorice they eat every day.

Eat more than 2 ounces daily for two weeks and you might wind up with an irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia.

Food and Drug Administration officials say eating too much black licorice can also cause high blood pressure, swelling, lethargy and congestive heart failure because the candy contains the compound glycyrrhizin. This sweetening compound can drop the body’s potassium levels.

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