FDA: Eating too much black licorice is harmful
Forget black cats on Halloween, fear black licorice instead.
The FDA is warning consumers that the main sweetener in the licorice root, a compound called Glycyrrhizin, can cause drops in potassium levels. That can lead to abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, and even a heart attack.
The FDA is also suggesting that anyone taking prescription drugs consult with their doctor or druggist before dipping into the black licorice stash.
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