FDA Issues Black Licorice Warning for People Aged Over 40

by Kathy Jones on  October 31, 2011 at 8:40 PM General Health News
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The US Food and Drug Administration has warned that eating excess of black licorice during Halloween could prove to be dangerous for those over 40 years of age as they could lead to various heart problems.
 FDA Issues Black Licorice Warning for People Aged Over 40
FDA Issues Black Licorice Warning for People Aged Over 40

Black licorice is a popular sweet that is eaten during Halloween but the FDA said that it contains glycyrrhizin, which decrease the potassium levels in the body and lead to abnormal heart rhythms and congestive heart failure.

The FDA said that eating 2 ounces of black licorice per day for two weeks could lead to irregular heartbeats in people aged over 40 years. The organization also generally warned people of all ages from consuming excessive amounts of black licorice.

Source: Medindia

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