Black Licorice: Health Hazard for Adults

by Migdalia Rivera

As a child I loved licorice, especially black licorice. It’s a sweet treat that has followed me as I’ve gotten older but according to the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) this is one treat that I should avoid.

Black Licorice is hazardous to adults over 40. According to the FDA,

“…eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could land you in the hospital with an irregular heart rhythm or  arrhythmia. FDA experts say black licorice contains the compound glycyrrhizin, which is the sweetening compound derived from licorice root. Glycyrrhizin can cause potassium levels in the body to fall. When that happens, some people experience abnormal
heart rhythms, as well as high blood pressure, edema (swelling), lethargy, and congestive heart failure.”

The FDA also warns that regardless of your age, Black Licorice eaters should be aware of the following:

  • Don’t eat a lot at any one time.
  • If you have an irregular heart rhythm or muscle weakness, stop eating it at once and see a doctor.
  • Black licorice can interfere with medications, herbs and dietary supplements. Before eating ask your doctor about possible interactions.


Are you a Black Licorice lover? Will this change your Black Licorice eating habits?

About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

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