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Health Alert: Black Licorice Candy Warning

Updated: Wednesday, October 30 2013, 09:13 PM EDT
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- A word of caution before Halloween about a popular kind of candy.

Research shows it could be hard on your heart.  Medical reporter Liz Bonis shares details in Wednesday's Health Alert.

Not sure what kind of candy you are passing out this Halloween, but this report found a word of caution about licorice this time of year.

Local 12 has details from the Cleveland Clinic where researchers found those who especially like black licorice, two ounces a day for two weeks is enough to raise the risk of an irregular heartbeat.  Black licorice contains a compound that comes from the licorice root.  It may lower potassium levels which can impact heart rhythm.

It's also possible that a second compound in black licorice called glycyrrhizin, it's a sweetening compound in licorice, it too may alter heart rhythm and blood pressure which could make a difference for those with heart concerns. 

Now if you eat it once in awhile, or prefer kit-kats or chocolate, no problem.  Other than we probably eat too much of these this time of year.

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Health Alert: Black Licorice Candy Warning


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