FDA sends warning about black licorice for Halloween

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

Or, you know, if you're one of those sane people who doesn't like disgusting black licorice in the first place, just stay the course and you'll be just fine. The organization has gone so far with its warning that it has even created a graphic video to raise awareness about this topic. Consuming black licorice in excessive amount is always a risk to younger folks. If you are in this age demographic, the FDA advises not eating more than two ounces a day, or about four small pieces.

Medical journal articles have previously reported an association between black licorice consumption and health issues in people aged over 40 and Linda Katz from the FDA says the agency received a report about a person experiencing health problems after eating black licorice. Still, there's something generally unsettling that a common candy can have that effect at all-especially if you haven't heard this news before.

When it comes to black licorice, the limit is surprisingly small. People have experienced a range of symptoms including abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, swelling, lethargy, and congestive heart failure after eating too much black licorice.

The warning about such irregularities seems to stem from a single incident reported to the FDA previous year, when the agency learned "a black licorice aficionado" had "a problem after eating the candy".


The substance involved in black licorice i.e. Glycyrrhizin is derived from the licorice root. "Instead, they contain anise oil, which has the same smell and taste".

Before you go to town on your Halloween candy this year, there's one treat you should consume with caution.

The FDA also warns that black licorice can interact with some medications, herbs and dietary supplements. A discussion with health care professionals can underline the best guidance for each person.

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