Beware the Black Jelly Beans

Sadly, a 54-year-old man in Massachusetts died recently from eating a bag and a half of black licorice every day.

“The black licorice contained glycyrrhizic acid, a chemical that raises a person’s blood pressure and lowers their potassium levels, especially when consumed in large amounts,” according to the Associated Press.

The man’s habit caused nutritional imbalances and major heart issues, leading to his candy overdose.

He preferred the old-school black sticks, but licorice in any form (Good & Plenty, jelly beans, tea blends, even some Belgian beers) poses a risk. It only takes two grams of licorice per day for two weeks to cause heart complications, warns the FDA.

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