Licorice Is Tasty, But It Just Might Kill You

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Trick-or-tachycardia?
Here's some depressing news from Food Consumer, just in time for Halloween: Licorice can cause irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia, and now the FDA encourages only moderate consumption of the jet-black candy.

According to the FDA report, if you're 40 or older, eating two ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could land you in the hospital. However, many licorice-flavored candies are "licorice flavor" sweets produced here that don't actually contain the dangerous compound glycyrrhizin. Instead, they are made with anise oil, which has the same smell and taste. You can still gorge on them (though your dentist might say otherwise).

With Halloween around the corner, the FDA offers these words of advice: "No matter what your age, don't eat large amounts of black licorice at one time." So don't go and give out black licorice to all the trick-or-treaters, OK? In addition to potentially killing them, you'll be the lame person who thought only of herself by doling out a candy that tastes good to, oh, one out of 10 children.


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Pattanumodana

A real problem with this is that a lot of traditional Chinese medical compounds use licorice as a sort of catalyst for the other ingredients.  I had a prescription for an herbal tea for a skin irritation some years ago, and I almost ended up in hospital with high blood pressure and speeded up heart. 

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