Published: Wed, November 01, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Attention Trick-Or-Treaters! FDA Releases Scary Warning About THIS Candy!

Attention Trick-Or-Treaters! FDA Releases Scary Warning About THIS Candy!

If you happened to be some kind of freak who actually likes black licorice, you can still eat it - just not too much.

The FDA is advising anyone over the age of 40 to not eat more than two ounces of black licorice a day, which is about three one-inch pieces.

If you have been eating a lot of black licorice and have an irregular heart rhythm, stop eating and immediately call your healthcare provider.

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The FDA has issued a candy-related health warning, and it'll spook fans of the black stuff. Glycyrrhizin can make your body's potassium levels fall, resulting in the scary symptoms mentioned above. From there, some people might experience abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, swelling, lethargy and even congestive heart failure.

FDA spokesperson Peter Cassell stresses that this warning is important specifically for people over the age of 40.

Black licorice can also interact with medications, herbs and dietary supplements, it warned. Ask a health care professional any questions you may have about possible interactions.

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"Days before the biggest candy-eating holiday of the year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) encourages moderation if you enjoy snacking on the old-fashioned favorite". Eating more than 2 ounces a day would be anything but a treat!

According to the experts, glycyrrhizin is derived from licorice root and is used as a sweetening agent. In today's world, it has uses in medicine, but the substance is also popular with people who have a sweet tooth.

FDA's Linda Katz, M.D., says past year the agency received a report of a black licorice aficionado who had a problem after eating the candy.

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