FDA warns that black licorice can cause heart problems

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Fans who are 40 and older should limit their licorice intake to a maximum of two ounces, which equates to three 1-inch pieces a day.

Dr. Linda Katz, director of the Office of Cosmetics and Colors at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the FDA, noted that the health problems caused by black licorice are not permanent. This is about glycyrrhizin which can trigger loss of potassium levels in the system. Plummeting potassium can play tricks on heart rhythms, with symptoms including the telltale fluttering feeling in your chest, blood pressure spikes, swelling, and potentially even congestive heart failure.

Eating two ounces of the classic candy every day for two or more weeks can lead to a myriad of health issues for those over the age of 40, Fox News reported.

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It should be noted, that consuming black licorice can also interfere with certain medications and herbal supplements.

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

Used in moderation however its recommended as a treatment for heartburn and other gastrointestinal problems. Many "licorice" or "licorice flavor" products manufactured in the United States do not contain any licorice.

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However, health professionals claim that you can't actually overdose on black licorice to the extent where it kills you in a brief window of time. Contact your doctor if you have questions about possible interactions. "Instead, they contain anise oil, which has the same smell and taste".

The problem is caused by glycyrrhizin, which is a sweetening compound in the licorice root.

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