The United States Food and Drug Administration just released a new warning saying that the black licorice candy may be much trickier than a treat for adults. FDA reports that the culprit is a content included in black licorice, known as glycyrrhizin, which is as tricky as to be pronounced that may result in reduced levels of potassium in human body.
The National Health Service of the United Kingdom admits that the risk gets higher in case of people over 40 years old or more eating two ounces of black licorice in a day for less than two weeks. The substance involved in black licorice i.e. Glycyrrhizin is derived from the licorice root. It may lead to cause arrhythmia, an unusual heart rhythm as well as more troubles such as congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, lethargy, swelling and muscle weakness.
This does not certify that the people under the age of 40 years old are totally safe from risks described above. Consuming black licorice in excessive amount is always a risk to younger folks. Since, FDA added that if anyone stops consuming black licorice, his potassium levels starts to become normal typically like before and he will be safe permanently from all health problems.
Black licorice controversy claims plenty of other troubles but not supported by any powerful evidence, which it can be used to treat high cholesterol, canker sores, obesity and hepatitis. Black licorice also interferes with a few medications like reduction in effectiveness of estrogen pills and warfarin (Coumadin). So, one must discus with doctors before consuming black licorice, if is going through any medications.