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If you’re crazy enough to enjoy black licorice in the first place, be careful with how much you eat — it could effect your health.

Everyone knows All Hallow’s Eve is no longer a holiday to celebrate the end of the summer equinox — it is now an all out excuse to eat as much candy as you want. But the FDA warns against “overdosing” on black licorice, which apparently can have some very negative effects on your health.

According to the FDA, who warns against the classically gross (only in my opinion — if you like it, good on ya) black candy every year around Halloween — warns to utilize moderation while snacking. Here’s what they have to say about it:

If you’re 40 or older, eating 2 oz of black licorice a day for a least two weeks could land you in the hospital with an irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia .”

Okay, okay. Two ounces a DAY for two weeks is an INSANE amount of black licorice, but when I think about how many chips I just ate… not completely unreasonable… I guess.

Regardless, who would have thought that you truly can overdose on candy? FDA experts state black licorice contains the compound glycyrrhizin, which is the sweetening compound derived from the licorice root. The compound can cause potassium levels in the body to fall, when this happens, some people experience abnormal heart rhythms, coupled with high blood pressure, edema, lethargy and congestive heart failure.

I knew that “candy” was garbage.

But if you are a fan of black licorice, the FDA has these warnings to give:

  • No matter what your age is, don’t eat a large amount of black licorice at one time.
  • If you have been eating a lot of black licorice and have an irregular heart rhythm or muscle weakness, stop eating it immediately and contact your healthcare provider.
  •  The candy can interact with some medications, herbs and dietary supplements. Consult a health care professional if you have questions about possible interactions with a drug or supplement you take.

So, on top of looking out for thumbtacks and razorblades in your kids’ candy, now you also have to make sure you, or your little ones aren’t scarfing down too much black licorice!

Do you love black licorice? Let us know in the comments!

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