Public Service Announcement
Turns out not only is black licorice nasty — and it is — but it’s bad for your health. Not just bad for your health because it’s candy, but extraspecially bad for your health:
Licorice can cause irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia, and now the FDA encourages only moderate consumption of the jet-black candy. According to the FDA report, if you’re 40 or older, eating two ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could land you in the hospital.
With Halloween around the corner, the FDA offers these words of advice: “No matter what your age, don’t eat large amounts of black licorice at one time.” So don’t go and give out black licorice to all the trick-or-treaters, OK? In addition to potentially killing them, you’ll be the lame person who thought only of herself by doling out a candy that tastes good to, oh, one out of ten children.
Forewarned is forearmed.