Man dies from eating too much licorice

A recent study has shown that a 54-year-old man died as a result of eating too much licorice.

The man, a construction worker from Massachusetts, lost consciousness inside a fast-food restaurant. He was taken to a hospital, where he died the next day.

Doctors wrote that he had “a poor diet, consisting primarily of several packages of candy daily,” and that three weeks before, he switched from eating fruit-flavored soft candy to licorice candy, which contained glycyrrhizic acid.

Glycyrrhizic acid, or glycyrrhizin, a sweetening compound derived from licorice root. It can cause a drop in potassium levels in the body, which in turn may cause high blood pressure, swelling, abnormal heart rhythms and even heart failure.

People 40 or older should be especially vigilant about their black licorice consumption. Even 60grams per day, over a two-week period, could cause irregular heart rhythm.

However, the scientists also said that negative effects of eating too much licorice are reversible, and stop when consumption is halted. A return to normal potassium levels may take one to two weeks, according to the study.

Luckily, there are safe alternatives. According to the NIH, many licorice products available in the US don’t actually contain licorice, but rather anise oil, which is comparable in flavor.

1. Who is the main person or group of people in this news article?

2. What was the key event from the news article?

3. Where did this event take place?

4. When did this event take place?

1. Find a quote from the main person in this news article?

2. In your own words describe what happened in this news article.

3. Find out where this event took place and include some information about this place.

4. Tell us when this event happened and explain what might happen in the future.

5. Explain in your own words why this event took place.

Current Events Web
Find the Who, What, Where, When, How and Why in the article to complete this worksheet.

I Think Because
Share what you think about the article and explain why.

My Questions
Write a question map about questions that you have after reading the article.

News Review
Give the news article you have read a review

KWL
Write what you KNOW about the topic in the article, what you would LIKE to find out and then what you have LEARNT.

Newspaper Bingo
Play newspaper bingo. Find a number of different articles to complete the grid.

Questions and Answers
Write a set of questions and then their answers after reading the article.

The Big Idea
Find the big idea by highlighting the 5 W’s and 1 H. then select 25 of key words associated with the article.

Word Investigation
Vocabulary exercise where students find key words within the article.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
78 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
smileydude1202
smileydude1202
1 month ago

sad

Last edited 1 month ago by smileydude1202
oscar
oscar
1 month ago

that’s so sad 😢

Thomas
Thomas
1 month ago

Sad, Funny and Scary

surfallday
surfallday
1 month ago

sad

pop
pop
1 month ago

thats odd but why would he when licorce is so good and yumm!!!!!

jaffy
jaffy
1 month ago

wow

*UNKNOWN PERSON*
*UNKNOWN PERSON*
1 month ago

Wow, that’s ah…mmm

Cuban
Cuban
1 month ago

Wow

jordan
jordan
1 month ago

how many pieces of liquorice did he eat EXACTLY?????? This is just for scientific purposes so i dont end up dying from liqourice

donutkittie
donutkittie
1 month ago

thats so sad

goat
goat
1 month ago

licorice is digosting

mizery
mizery
1 month ago

this is so sad what if it was my grandad

Eva
Eva
1 month ago

I eat red licorice with chocolate in the middle but im 11 years old and i dont eat sevral packs a day,personaly i dont think red licorice can kill anyone

isaac
isaac
1 month ago

Sad but not surprising

Vrinda dummy
Vrinda dummy
1 month ago

thats sad but why would he eat so much?

cheezel
cheezel
1 month ago

it is sad and almost sounds impossible

ocean
ocean
1 month ago

that is just sad i love licorice

DuDe
DuDe
1 month ago

WoW!

saggy mahamud
saggy mahamud
1 month ago

i hate licorice😐

nate
nate
1 month ago

licorice is digusting

Last edited 1 month ago by nate
u should read this
u should read this
1 month ago

wow

timtom
timtom
1 month ago

thats sad… but he must be pretty fat…

charlie
charlie
1 month ago

sad and scary

Epic_TyBoy
Epic_TyBoy
1 month ago

thats so sad, how old was he?

funny
funny
1 month ago

thats hilarious 😆😆😆😆

cameron
cameron
1 month ago

that a lesson learnt never eat to much candy

person
person
1 month ago

thats so sad

weirdmanbob
weirdmanbob
1 month ago

i think this happened cause it must of had high sugar levels which can be very addicting

Awesome Soooce
Awesome Soooce
1 month ago

I mean my dad once told me that if i eat to much licorice i will die so i never get it. It’s really sad cause I love it so much

big mac
big mac
1 month ago

ok kids do not eat black licorice eat red licorice

miss.vanilla_venisse
miss.vanilla_venisse
1 month ago

i feel super bad😭

IZZI
IZZI
1 month ago

THATS CRAZY

Isabella Mclaren
Isabella Mclaren
1 month ago
OMG
Jesse Bartlett
Jesse Bartlett
1 month ago

man i love licrous(?)

john
john
1 month ago

I don’t like licorice

oscar
oscar
1 month ago

R.I.P hope he had a good life 🙂😢😥😓

Licorice Mafia boss
Licorice Mafia boss
1 month ago

Don’t mess with the licorice

sean morgan van dyke
sean morgan van dyke
1 month ago

so my mommy say im not allowed to eat sweats

bibby
bibby
1 month ago

sad but how much peices EXATLY i need to know peps???!!!!!!!

Izzy
Izzy
1 month ago

So sad 😥 It just goes to show how lots of candy/licorice can affect you.

zaviah
zaviah
1 month ago

sad

MonkeyGamer375
MonkeyGamer375
1 month ago

i dont like liquorice

wow
wow
1 month ago

sad and bad cause why would you eat that much

i am a car
i am a car
1 month ago

🙁 that’s sad

me, myself and I
me, myself and I
1 month ago

red liquorice isn’t even liquorice

james
james
1 month ago

so sad 😭😭😭😭😭

Cherry blossom cutie girl
Cherry blossom cutie girl
1 month ago

that poor man. this is why we should eat apples!

Jess
Jess
1 month ago

Yuck

Jess
Jess
1 month ago

That’s sad, but his problem. I’m sorry for those that new him. Anyway black licrice is gRoss.

Last edited 1 month ago by Jess
Olive Oil
Olive Oil
1 month ago

thats just sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CHECK OUT THESE ARTICLES

CHECK OUT THESE ARTICLES

78
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x