This Halloween Candy Can Kill You
I hate black licorice. And now I have better reason than it tastes horrible. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration says black licorice can KILL you!
Now don't freak out...it is safe in small amounts, but it does have things in it that can make you sick or kill you. Black licorice has a chemical compound called glycyrrhizin. And if you have too much of it, it can increase your blood pressure, mess with your heart rhythm, and maybe even cause heart failure.
So how much is too much? The FDA, says you have to eat two ounces of black licorice every day for at least two weeks, before you start having problems.
So if black licorice is your thing...then enjoy it tonight while trick-or-treating. Or you can do what I do if you get it in your plastic pumpkin...throw it in the trash!