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liquorice

(US and Canadian), licorice
1. a perennial Mediterranean leguminous shrub, Glycyrrhiza glabra, having spikes of pale blue flowers and flat red-brown pods
2. the dried root of this plant, used as a laxative and in confectionery
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Even though black licorice is an old favorite among kids and adults alike, eating more than a couple of ounces of the candy, especially for people over the age of 40, might land an irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia.
So why are such health risks linked to the consumption of black licorice? Apparently, the specific licorice contains glycyrrhizin, a sweetening compound derived from licorice root, which can specifically target potassium levels in the body and cause it decrease.
Furthermore, people who have a long history of health problems and/or high blood pressure are supposed to more susceptible to the negative effects of black licorice than people with a perfect health record.