Does anyone actually like black licorice? Personally, it's yuck. I stick with the red. But for those of you who dabble in the hard stuff, be careful!
The FDA put out a warning this Halloween to only eat black licorice in moderation. The candy contains the sweetening compound glycyrrhizin which comes from the licorice root. An overdose can cause your potassium levels to drop and when that happens, you are at risk for heart problems, high blood pressure, swelling and other problems.
Here is the official FDA advice:
1. No matter what your age, don’t eat large amounts of black licorice at one time.
2. If you have been eating a lot of black licorice and have an irregular heart rhythm or muscle weakness, stop eating it immediately and contact your healthcare provider.
3. Black licorice can interact with some medications, herbs and dietary supplements. Consult a health care professional if you have questions about possible interactions with a drug or supplement you take.
And they made a cute video to help spread the word:
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