Don't overdose on black licorice this Halloween, FDA warns

FDA Issues Warning That Eating This Halloween Treat Can Lead to Heart Problems

FDA Issues Warning That Eating This Halloween Treat Can Lead to Heart Problems

The FDA isn't suggesting ditching the candy all together, but is warning people to resist any kind of black licorice binging.

For anyone 40 or older, the FDA says eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could send you to the hospital.

The compound doesn't directly affect the heart itself, but instead causes a precipitous fall in the body's potassium levels. It makes the licorice sweeter but it can also cause a risky drop in potassium levels.

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If you're a fan-make that a super fan-of black licorice, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration is reminding you to slow your roll this Halloween. And, the link has been noted in several different medical journals over the years.

Well, if you're over 40, there is one candy you should stay away from, or at least SEVERELY limit: black licorice. With low levels, some people might experience high blood pressure, swelling and even congestive heart failure, the FDA says.

The warning about such irregularities seems to stem from a single incident reported to the FDA a year ago, when the agency learned "a black licorice aficionado" had "a problem after eating the candy". In today's world, it has uses in medicine, but the substance is also popular with people who have a sweet tooth. If you don't see one of those ingredients, the licorice flavor likely comes from artificial flavoring, meaning it does not include the compound.

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"Products manufactured in the United States do not contain any licorice", the agency wrote.

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.

Black licorice can interact with some medications, herbs and dietary supplements.

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