A warning from the FDA about eating too much black licorice and its effects on your heart. If you are over 40 and consume 2oz of more a day of black licorice over a period of two weeks it could cause an irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia. So in other words drop the licorice and go
for the Chocolate.
A compound called glycyrrhizin is in black licorice and is the sweetening agent in licorice root. Glycyrrhizin can cause your potassium levels to drop which can lead to an irregular heart rhythm and high blood pressure and a few other awful things.
FDA’s Linda Katz, M.D., says last year the agency received a report of a black licorice aficionado who had a problem after eating the candy.
And several medical journals have linked black licorice to health problems in people over 40, some of whom had a history of heart disease and/or high blood pressure. (from the FDA website)
Even though licorice root has been used for many years in Eastern and Western medicines as a traditional remedy treatment for heartburn, sore
throat and stomach ulcers there is not enough data available to say its effective.
If you have a fondness for black licorice, FDA is offering this advice:
- No matter what your age, don’t eat large amounts of black licorice at one time.
- 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.
- 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. (from the FDA website)
So with this in mind use caution when eating licorice during this most Frightening time of the year. Because a trip to the hospital could be very
Especially when you get the bill.