The Reasons for the FDA's Black Licorice Warning.

The Reasons for the FDA's Black Licorice Warning.Although the FDA's licorice advisory is a few years old, the memes surrounding it are timeless. One headline stated, "FDA issues warning about black licorice for Halloween.". And below that, ...

Oct 29, 2023 - 01:00
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The Reasons for the FDA's Black Licorice Warning.

The Reasons for the FDA's Black Licorice Warning.


Although the FDA's licorice advisory is a few years old, the memes surrounding it are timeless. One headline stated, "FDA issues warning about black licorice for Halloween.". And below that, in a screenshot saved for future reference, someone remarks that the alert should have said, "It tastes like shit.". ".


The actual warning was that licorice root can cause blood pressure problems in candies. Having been published in 2017, it is no longer available on the FDA website; however, the archived copy reads as follows.


An irregular heart rhythm, or arrhythmia, could land you in the hospital if you consume two ounces of black licorice daily for at least two weeks if you are forty years of age or older. Glycyrrhizin, the sweetening agent derived from licorice root, is present in black licorice, according to FDA experts. The body may experience a decrease in potassium levels when exposed to glycorrhizin. In addition to high blood pressure, edema (swelling), lethargy, and congestive heart failure, some people experience abnormal heart rhythms when that occurs. Linda Katz, MD, is with the FDA. claims that the organization was notified last year of a black licorice enthusiast who experienced difficulties following the consumption of the confection. Furthermore, black licorice has been connected in a number of medical journals to health issues in adults over 40, some of whom had a history of high blood pressure or heart disease. Katz claims that when black licorice consumption ends, potassium levels are typically restored without causing long-term health issues.


Yes, a lot of people find black licorice to be extremely tasting. However, the universe is in a state of balance. There is always someone nearby, usually an uncle or grandfather, who is content to eat the black jelly beans you don't want because some weirdos just so happen to love the stuff.


To be honest, I'm one of those weirdos. I used to detest black licorice, but one day I stopped. Just a few pieces a day, like some people do with chocolate, is how I have to pace myself if I buy an eight-ounce bag of Trader Joe's soft black licorice. Please invite me to your upcoming Halloween events. You have my Hershey bars, and I'll take your licorice.


(To the FDA follower who tweeted, “licorice is a flavor, not a color,” I feel compelled to point out that several chewy American candies bear the licorice plant's name. These are available in a variety of colors; the ones with licorice flavor are black, while berry-flavored ones are frequently red. ( ).


What is the limit for licorice use?


Before you freak out, licorice lovers, make sure you're eating real licorice. You're safe if the candy you're eating contains anise oil flavoring. If it contains real licorice root (did you know that licorice is a plant?), continue reading.


"More than 57g (2 ounces) of black liquorice a day for at least 2 weeks could lead to potentially serious health problems," according to the UK's National Health Service. They spell it with a Q over there, which is another interesting fact. In support of this, the American Heart Association tells the tale of a man who passed away after switching from red to black licorice.


Don't panic—no one is claiming that a small amount of licorice candy once in a while will kill you—because he consumed a lot of it every day and had other medical issues that made him more susceptible to heart issues. However, the herb's chemistry-interacting effects on the body may make it hazardous when taken in excess. Additionally, interactions between licorice and a wide range of medications are either known or suspected.


Try rationing your supply if you are the family member who consumes the most black licorice in order to avoid overindulging for weeks at a time. despite your strong desire to do so.


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