FDA: Eating too much black licorice is harmful

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Black licorice

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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