Black Licorice is one of those things that you either love it a lot or hate it very much. The (FDA) Food and Drug Administration has posted a reminder is urging folks to keep their black licorice consumption to a minimum. Black Licorice contains Glycyrrhizin which is a sweetening compound derived from the licorice root, and this ingredient is found in black licorice. When eaten in excess and at high amounts at once, it lowers potassium which could lead to irregular heart rhythms and high blood pressure, this can cause swelling and even congestive heart failure according to the FDA consumer report.
“If you’re over 40 years old with pre-existing conditions, eating two ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could land you in the hospital,” says an FDA official. This warning has come about due to everyone eating lots of Candy around the Holiday Season. If you have consumed a large amount of black licorice and have an irregular heart rhythm or muscle weakness, stop eating it immediately and contact your healthcare provider.