Too Much Black Licorice Is Bad For Your Heart And Your Soul

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I'm going to come right out and admit it: I somewhat enjoy black licorice. I don't love it, or eat it regularly, but if you hand it to me I'll eat it like a trained dog. But even with my supernatural tolerance for black licorice, the idea of eating the risky level of "Two ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks," is nauseating.

I was curious how much two ounces of black licorice really amounts to. Here's a seven ounce bag of licorice. The serving size is 15 pieces, and there are five servings per package, so 75 pieces total. That means there's 10.7 pieces per ounce, so there's about 21 pieces in two ounces. 21 pieces every day, for two weeks.

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That is a ludicrous amount of black licorice to consume. You'd be going through more than one package of these a week. Even though I'm okay with black licorice, I would not be okay eating this much black licorice. If you're eating that much black licorice a day, not only is your heart in danger, but your sanity. There's a reason there's not a bunch of black-tongued licorice fiends lining our gutters, it's just not as appealing as something milder, like meth or heroin. Apparently, however, it was tempting enough for one patient, whom the FDA called a "black-licorice aficionado," which is a pretty understated way to refer to someone who almost killed themselves with their black licorice habit.

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