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Attention Trick-Or-Treaters! FDA Releases Scary Warning About THIS Candy!

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With Halloween approaching, it's time to make some bad decisions re: candy!

After all, is it really such a big deal to indulge just for one night??

Well, if you're over 40, there is one candy you should stay away from, or at least SEVERELY limit: black licorice.

The FDA issued a warning on All Hallow's Eve Eve to let parents raiding their children's candy hauls know to limit their consumption of the holiday treat to two ounces in a day.

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Why? Black licorice contains a sweetening compound called glycyrrhizin which can severely deplete your potassium levels. That can lead to abnormal heart rhythms, elevated blood pressure levels, edema, lethargy, and — in the most extreme cases — to congestive heart failure!

Thankfully it isn't the most popular candy anyway, but dang — if you're a fan, our heart goes out to ya! But srsly, have you tried Oreos??

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RECALL: Black Licorice (Now With Lead!)

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Red Vines Licorice Recall Health Scary

Attention!

The four of you out there that like and eat black licorice need to WATCH OUT!

Officials are warning people about black licorice candy produced by a California company because it contains high levels of lead.

LEAD.

The product in question is

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FDA Warns Against Eating Too Much Black Licorice

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This news may not make this year's Halloween a happy one for some people.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning adults 40 years of age or older to cut back on black licorice.

Eating 2 ounces of the candy a day for at least two weeks may lead to arrhythmia, or irregular heart rhythm, which could possibly land you in the emergency room.

A sweetening compound found in black licorice called glycyrrhizin can cause the body's potassium levels to drop, which may lead to abnormal heartbeat and high blood pressure.

Don't get too worked up though because (A.) we're assuming not many people eat that much black licorice and (B.) the FDA only received one report of this actually affecting a person last year. Not exactly an epidemic.

Still, you've been warned! Ha!

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