As everyone knows, there's a definite hierarchy of Halloween candy. At the very top are your Snickers, the varied variations of Reeses, M&Ms, etc. Middle of the road candies have names like Babe Ruth and Mounds or even Butterfingers. Then there's the very bottom tier, the candies that are used either as fillers or because they're traditional. At this point, you're probably thinking candy corn (and you'd be right), but there's another, even more lower tier candy. Black licorice, the twirler-shaped instruments of gastronomical torture that only the few and the tastebud-challenged enjoy.
Black licorice tastes Twizzlers dipped in cough syrup lightly dusted off with wasabi, but did you know it might be dangerous for you as well?
The Food and Drug Administration recently posted a warning to its website reminding people of the dangers of the candy.
Danger, you say? How can a candy be dangerous?
Turns out licorice root contains a sweetener called glycyrrhizin, which is what makes licorice sweet. Glycyrrhizin (say it three times fast) can make your potassium levels drop.
At this point, you may be wondering why is it bad that my potassium levels drop? Can't I just eat a banana and be fine?
Well… low potassium levels cause ” high blood pressure, swelling and even congestive heart failure.” This is according to CNN, which also notes that black licorice is most dangerous for people over 40.
The good news is your potassium levels return to normal once you stop chowing down on the licorice.
The bad news is you’re one of those people who actually enjoys eating licorice, which, again, is the lowest of the low tier candies.
*Psst* Shame on you!
But that’s not all…