Italian Boy Experienced a Seizure and a Rising of Blood Pressure After Eating Too Much Licorice.

 

Mothers are always right. You can really have too much candy.

Doctors are acclaiming that licorice makers should list a how much licorice should be consumed on the package after and Italian boy underwent a seizure from eating too much Licorice.

The 10-year-old’s parents brought him to the hospital in Bologna after the initial attack. According to a report published on Monday in Pediatric Neurology, the child experienced three more seizures in a matter of hours and told doctors that he had a terrible headache.

It wasn’t until the doctors saw that the kid’s teeth were stained black after they discovered the cause. They had found out that the child had been eating at least 20 pieced of licorice a day in the span of for months.

Licorice candy contains an active ingredient called glycyrrhizin acid that can trigger high blood pressure and hypertension in high doses.

The Italian boy’s blood pressure rose so high that he developed a brain swelling condition called posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome, or PRES.

“We concluded that the licorice intake could explain the boy’s hypertension and we recommended he stop the excessive ingestion of licorice immediately,” wrote Dr. Davide Tassinari and his colleagues at the University of Bologna in the report published Monday.

The doctor said that he stopped eating the candy and is currently recuperating.

In their case study, the doctors noted that kids with a low body weight should be especially careful not to consume too much licorice.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration say consuming large quantities of licorice over a long period of time is what increases risk. The agency says it can be dangerous to eat as much as 2 ounces of licorice a day over a two-week period if you are indulging the substance every day.

Too much of everything can be really dangerous.

 

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