FDA black licorice

Candy is an important part of Halloween, but the FDA issued a warning about a specific candy that could cause plenty of people a lot of problems. Black licorice can cause serious problems, especially for people over the age of 40.

While many of us didn’t know that age restrictions pertained to eating candy, it does. If you have a sweet tooth for black licorice, moderation is the key as it can quickly land you in the hospital with some serious health complications. While this warning applies to everyone, the risks are even greater for people who are over 40 years of age.

Black licorice contains glycyrrhizin (licorice root), which can decrease your potassium levels and can cause abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, muscle weakness, swelling, and even heart failure.

In addition to that, black licorice can interfere with your medication. It can limit the effectiveness of warfarin (Coumadin) and estrogen pills. It is recommended that you check with your doctor before devouring more than a little bit of this candy.

The FDA warns that it doesn’t take that much black licorice to land you in the hospital.  If you’re 40 or older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could land you in the hospital with an irregular heart rhythm,” the agency states.

The FDA’s video warning Americans about black licorice is below.

Many people don’t like black licorice so this can be seen as more justification for not eating the candy. You no longer have to say you don’t like it. Instead, you can politely say that it’s not good for your health! This warning doesn’t affect red licorice as it doesn’t contain licorice root. That’s good news for those of us who love Twizzlers and Super Ropes!

This is important information to share as so many people will be inundated with candy after Trick Or Treating and Halloween parties. This candy is rather common and most people don’t know eating it can cause serious health complications.

Share this important Halloween message with your friends and family!

Source: Forbes

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