The safe upper limit of licorice consumption and why pregnant women may be at particularly high risk.
What about, licorice? The kind that’s made from actual licorice root, not the artificially flavored corn syrup stuff. So like, healthfood store licorice Harmful, harmless, or helpful? Licorice can be quite harmful. The natural compound that makes licorice so sweet can affect kidney function. Just 4 candy cigars for 2 weeks landed this woman in the hospital—a physician no less. She recovered completely, but others have not been so lucky.
Now there is some evidence that the same compound may be effective at killing human prostate cancer cells in a petri dish, so one could argue these people were just eating too much of a good thing, but the safety window is so narrow—the safe upper limit of black licorice intake is 6 grams, so that’s only like 6 inches of licorice. And it may be especially detrimental for pregnant women. Kids born to moms who ate a lot of licorice when pregnant suffer from diminished speech, visual, and memory skills, as well as 2-3 times the odds of having attention, rule-breaking, and aggression problems.
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