By Cassandra Santiago and Saeed Ahmed
PHILADELPHIA (CNN) – If Halloween is your excuse for endlessly indulging in candy (and of course it is), go slow on the black licorice.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Officials Join With Area Hospital Leadership To Discuss COVID Surge
Just as it does each Halloween, the Food and Drug Administration has posted a reminder on its website urging folks to keep their black licorice consumption to a minimum.
The reasoning? Too much of the old-fashioned favorite can cause health problems such as irregular heart rhythm, especially in people over 40.
Black licorice contains a sweetening compound called glycyrrhizin, which can cause a drop in potassium levels. With low levels, some people might experience high blood pressure, swelling and even congestive heart failure, the FDA says.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Health Department To Provide A COVID-19 Update
The good news is that potassium levels return to normal after you stop eating copious amounts of black licorice.
So, here are some tips from the FDA:
— Don’t eat too much of the stuff at one go.
— If you have been eating a lot of it, especially if you have irregular heart rhythm or muscle weakness, stop (and call your doctor).MORE NEWS: Dump Truck, 3 Other Vehicles Involved In Chester County Crash On Route 30
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