Black Licorice: A Halloween Treat That Can Play Tricks On Your Heart

black licoriceWhen it comes to black licorice, most people either love it or hate it. Black licorice enthusiasts wait patiently for Halloween to satisfy their black licorice cravings. Unfortunately, many black licorice lovers will receive a trick rather than a treat if they overindulge. It’s true! Too much black licorice can cause serious harm, says the FDA. 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 heartbeat.

What Is Black Licorice?

Black licorice, also known as licorice root, licorice, liquorice, sweet root, gan cao, gan-zao or Chinese licorice, is a low-growing shrub primarily grown for commercial use in Greece, Turkey, and Asia. Licorice is harvested from the plants’ roots and underground stems. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the licorice root has a long history of use in both Eastern and Western medicine.