NEW FDA STUDY CLAIMS THAT BLACK LICORICE IS VERY, VERY BAD FOR YOU
In a report released Monday, the FDA claims, “If you’re 40 or older, 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.” According to Business Insider, two ounces is about five Twizzler-size ropes of licorice. The FDA claims that the sweetening com pain in licorice root–glycryrhizin–can raise levels of sodium and reduce levels of potassium in one’s body. This sudden reduction in potassium can cause some people to experience abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, swelling, or congestive heart failure.