Doctors say a Massachusetts construction worker’s love of black licorice wound up costing him his life.
Eating a bag and a half every day for a few weeks threw his nutrients out of whack and caused the 54-year-old man’s heart to stop, according to a report Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The problem is a substance found in black licorice and in many other foods and dietary supplements containing licorice root extract.
Eating as little as 2 ounces of black licorice a day for two weeks could cause a heart rhythm problem, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.
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