Black Licorice May Pose a Risk to Your Health

The FDA says over-eating black licorice can cause irregular heart rhythm, especially in people over the age of 40

 

NATIONAL — Love it or hate it, black licorice is a common candy at Halloween.

But did you know eating too much of it can cause problems with your heart?

The FDA says overeating black licorice can cause irregular heart rhythm, especially in people over the age of 40.

This is because the candy contains glycyrrhzin, which makes the licorice sweeter but also can cause your potassium levels to drop drastically.

Health officials say that can lead to high blood pressure, swelling and congestive heart failure in some people.

If you are someone who has a history of irregular heartbeat or muscle weakness, you are encouraged to check with your doctor before eating the candy in excessive amounts.

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