Advocates for healthy eating are going to love a new report released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which states that black licorice is bad for you.
According to the FDA, people over 40, should be especially vigilant when it comes to how much of the sweet treat they should consume as eating too much can increase the risk of heart problems.
Black licorice contains a potassium lowering ingredient known as glycyrrhizin. If a person’s potassium level drops too much, they can develop swelling, high blood pressure and even heart failure.
According to the FDA, eating as little as two ounces of black licorice a day for two weeks can be enough to land you in hospital.
They state that if you are a big eater of black licorice and are experiencing an irregular heartbeat, you should consult with your doctor as soon as possible.
Furthermore, black licorice can interact with some medications, herbs and dietary supplements, making it even more important to not over-eat the yummy treat.
There is good news however. According to the FDA’s Linda Katz, the negative effect that eating too much black licorce can have on a person can be reversed when that person stops eating the candy.