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FDA warns not to eat too much black licorice for Halloween

FDA warns not to eat too much black licorice for Halloween

This does not certify that the people under the age of 40 years old are totally safe from risks described above.

Black licorice contains a compound called glycyrrhizin that can lower your potassium levels, which can lead to an irregular heartbeat.

Fortunately, the effects are reversible.

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

The good news? Potassium levels return once black licorice consumption stops, according to Dr. Linda Katz of the FDA.

It should be noted, that consuming black licorice can also interfere with certain medications and herbal supplements. "Consult a health care professional if you have questions about possible interactions with a drug or supplement you take", the administration advised.

The FDA encourages Halloween participants this year to eat sweets in moderation.

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"As it turns out, you really can overdose on candy - or, more precisely, black licorice", FDA officials said in a cryptic press release that went out Monday.

According to the announcement, FDA considers that all but one substance in this type of candy is the wicked agent that can ruin a ideal Halloween night.

Red licorice, like Twizzlers, aren't from the licorice root.

When it comes to black licorice for Halloween, less apparently is better.

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

Used in moderation however its recommended as a treatment for heartburn and other gastrointestinal problems. "Instead, they contain anise oil, which has the same smell and taste".


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