A construction worker in Massachusetts killed him for his love for black licorice. According to a doctor’s report on Wednesday, eating a bag every day for half a week for several weeks prevented his nutrition from functioning properly and stopped the 54-year-old’s heart.
Dr. Neel Butala, a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, said: “Even a small amount of licorice can raise blood pressure slightly.”
The problem is glycyrrhizic acid, which is found in black licorice and many other foods and dietary supplements containing licorice root extract. It can cause dangerous low potassium and an imbalance of other minerals called electrolytes.
The US Food and Drug Administration warns that eating only 2 ounces of black licorice per day for two weeks may cause heart rhythm problems, especially for people over 40.
“It’s not just a licorice stick. It could be jelly beans, licorice tea, many things on the counter. University of Colorado cardiologist, former American Heart Association chairman Dr. Robert Eckel said: “Even like Belgian beer, Some beers also contain this compound. “The same goes for some chewing tobacco. He has no role in the care of Massachusetts men.
Death is obviously an extreme situation. A few weeks before his death last year, the man had changed from a red fruit-flavored frosting to a black licorice flavor. He broke down while having lunch at a fast food restaurant. The doctor found that the low potassium in his body is dangerous, which can cause irregular heart rhythms and other problems. Emergency personnel underwent cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He was resurrected but died the next day.
The FDA allows up to 3.1% of food ingredients to contain glycyrrhizic acid, but many candies and other licorice products do not disclose the glycyrrhizic acid content per ounce. The doctor has reported this case to the FDA, hoping to draw people’s attention to the risk.
Hershey’s spokesperson Jeff Beckman, who makes the popular Twizzlers licorice candies, said in an email: “All our products are safe to eat and are fully FDA compliant. “Regulations for preparation”, all foods, including candy, “should be enjoyed in moderation.”
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