FDA sends warning about black licorice for Halloween

  • FDA sends warning about black licorice for Halloween

FDA sends warning about black licorice for Halloween

While some parents might warn their children that stuffing excessive amounts of chocolate and high-fructose-corn-syrup-laden sweets into their mouths after trick-or-treating could lead to a stomach ache, the US Food and Drug Administration is going for a different message this Halloween: Don't go nuts with the black licorice.

The problem is particularly prevalent in liquorice munchers aged 40 and upwards.

The syndromes of this food intoxication consist of swelling, high blood pressure, muscle weakness, abnormal heart pace, and even heart failure.

Fortunately, the effects are reversible.

Black licorice is obtained from the juices of a root.

Regardless of your age, avoid eating large amounts of black licorice at one time.

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

They warn it can interact with some medications and supplements, so ask your doctor if it is OK to have black licorice. Ask a health care professional any questions you may have about possible interactions. Eating more than 2 ounces a day would be anything but a treat!

"Licorice, or liquorice, is a low-growing shrub mostly grown for commercial use in Greece, Turkey, and Asia".

The National Institutes of Health say the plant's root has always been a folk remedy where it grows in Greece, Turkey and Asia.

The FDA offered the following advice for people who enjoy black licorice.

The good news is that potassium levels are usually restored once people stop eating the candy, and the associated health issues aren't permanent.

Licorice is also used as a flavoring in food, but many "licorice" or "licorice flavor" products made in the United States do not contain any licorice.