By Liking Candy Corn And Black Licorice, Jeff Apparently Has A Death Wish

On the Halloween show, I told you that candy corn is like Nickelback - wildly popular, yet no one admits to liking it. I do. I ALSO admit to liking black licorice. Now the FDA says my taste is food may be, in fact, a death wish.

The FDA has literally issued an official warning against eating too much black licorice.

So what’s so dangerous about black licorice? It’s the harsh-tasting licorice compound, glycyrrhizin, which is a natural sweetener that comes from the licorice root. According to the FDA, “you really can overdose” on this candy because this compound can cause potassium levels to plummet, putting you at risk of side effects like high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, lethargy, and congestive heart failure.

But you’d have to eat a ton of black licorice to experience these effects, which have only been seen in a “black licorice aficionado,” the formal warning explains. So unless you’re eating about two-ounces of the stuff a day, you’ll be just fine.

Ironically, I didn't like either candy corn or black licorice as a kid. I grew to like them - just like I've grown to enjoy lettuce, cauliflower, and broccoli. So why isn't the candy good for me, too????

Source:The Daily Meal

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