Black licorice

Gross. Flickr/Dawn Huczek

  • Black licorice contains the sweetening compound glycyrrhizin, which can decrease potassium levels in the body, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.
  • That temporary potassium deficiency can cause abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, and even congestive heart failure.
  • People over 40 with a history of high blood pressure and heart disease are especially at risk, the FDA says.

Reasonable people have for decades agreed that black licorice is the most disgusting, repulsive candy on the planet.

The US Food and Drug Administration is finally backing us up.

In a report released Monday, the FDA says, “If you’re 40 or older, eating 2 ounces of…