It’s a black day for candy lovers…
Okay, take that black stuff out of your mouth, put it on the floor, and back away.
Noting that Halloween is only days away, the Food and Drug Administration has just warned that “If you’re 40 or older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could land you in the hospital with an irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia.”
Excuse me? If you’re 40 or older and you’re still collecting candy door-to-door at Halloween, you may have problems way more serious than too much licorice.
The FDA warning further advises that “If you have been eating a lot of black licorice and have an irregular heart rhythm or muscle weakness, stop eating it immediately and contact your health care provider.
That’s their opinion. My own view is that if you’ve been eating that much black licorice, you may want to visit your dentist before anybody else gets a good look at you.
Top: A pumpkin sculpture by artist Ray Villafane is displayed during an exhibition in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 26, 2011. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
Right: Licorice photo from FDA Website