Yummy or yucky: what you need to know about licorice sweets
The list of products, which can cause overdose in people should be extended by one more item – sweets. Now take a deep breath and relax, we don’t mean all sweets. We mean just their licorice version.
This, however, does not mean that you can have as many ordinary sweets, as you wish, but this is a totally different story. This article will help you understand why you need to limit consumption of licorice sweets, yet you do not need to abandon them altogether, if you like them.
According to a statement, published by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), black liquorice lovers need to closely monitor the amount of sweets in their menu. This is explained through the fact that licorice contains a compound called glycyrrhizin, which is potentially harmful to the heart when consumed in high doses.
The FDA experts note that people aged 40 years and older fall into the risk zone. Even 56-60 grams of black liquorice a day for at least two weeks can provoke complications. And here is the good news:
That is, the level of potassium in the body gets back to normal as soon as you stop eating the “dangerous” food.
In fact, the health benefits of licorice sweets depend on their type. Alas, most modern sweets consist of refined sugar and food colors, so there is no point in talking about any good aspects. Be extremely careful when you buy them, and pay attention to the composition and additional instructions on the packaging.