With Halloween upon us, many kids are excited to go door to door to trick or treat, and many parents are just as excited to sneak some of their kid's loot. Whether it's from a kids bucket or not, Halloween is usually a time to enjoy some candy.
However, there is one candy in particular that comes with a word of caution. On Monday the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about the classic Halloween candy black licorice. For those who enjoy this particular candy, the warning should be taken seriously.
Specifically, those who are over 40 years old need to limit their consumption of this Halloween staple. The FDA suggests candy eaters limit their intake of black licorice to a maximum of two ounces per day, which is about three 1-inch pieces.
The risk of over-consuming the candy could lead to arrhythmia or an irregular heart rhythm. Experts have evaluated the candy and have determined there is enough glycyrrhizin, the sweetening compound derived from the licorice root, to lower the body’s potassium level enough to cause complications.
Other possible side effects also include elevated blood pressure, edema, and in extreme cases, congestive heart failure. Those who have a history of heart disease or congestive heart failure, regardless of age, have an increased risk of the negative side effects due to glycyrrhizin.
Are you a fan of black licorice? If so, please head the FDA's warning and stay healthy and safe this Halloween! Let us know your thoughts on this on our Facebook page! Also, please share this important news article if you know of anyone who loves black licorice!
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