Black Licorice: Trick or Treat


This Halloween, don’t get tricked into eating
too much black licorice. This candy contains glycyrrihizin, a sweetening
compound, that can cause potassium levels in the body to fall. Some people experience an abnormal heart beat,
high blood pressure, swelling, lethargy, or congestive heart failure. Remember:
Don’t eat large amounts of black licorice at one time. If you have been eating lots of black licorice
and have an irregular heart beat or experience muscle weakness, stop right away and call
your doctor. Black licorice can interact with some medications,
herbs and dietary supplements. Ask your doctor if that applies to any medicines
you take. FDA “witches” you a Happy (and safe) Halloween.

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