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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Black Licorice: Trick or Treat?

Black licorice is an old fashioned treat that can be harmful if you eat too much. If you’re 40 or older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for two weeks could cause an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia).

black licorice As it turns out, you really can overdose on candy—or, more precisely, black licorice. Days before the biggest candy eating holiday of the year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) encourages moderation if you enjoy snacking on the old fashioned favorite.

So, if you’re getting your stash ready for Halloween, here’s some advice from FDA:If you’re 40 or older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could land you in the hospital with an irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia.

FDA experts say black licorice contains the compound glycyrrhizin, which is the sweetening compound derived from licorice root. Glycyrrhizin can cause potassium levels in the body to fall. When that happens, some people experience abnormal heart rhythms, as well as high blood pressure, edema (swelling), lethargy, and congestive heart failure.

FDA’s Linda Katz, M.D., says last year the agency received a report of a black licorice aficionado who had a problem after eating the candy. And several medical journals have linked black licorice to health problems in people over 40, some of whom had a history of heart disease and/or high blood pressure.

Katz says potassium levels are usually restored with no permanent health problems when consumption of black licorice stops.

Licorice, or liquorice, is a low-growing shrub mostly grown for commercial use in Greece, Turkey, and Asia. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says the plant’s root has a long history of use as a folk or traditional remedy in both Eastern and Western medicine. It has been used as a treatment for heartburn, stomach ulcers, bronchitis, sore throat, cough and some infections caused by viruses, such as hepatitis; however, NIH says there are insufficient data available to determine if licorice is effective in treating any medical condition.

Licorice is also used as a flavoring in food. Many “licorice” or “licorice flavor” products manufactured in the United States do not contain any licorice. Instead, they contain anise oil, which has the same smell and taste. Licorice root that is sold as a dietary supplement can be found with the glycyrrhizin removed, resulting in a product known as deglycyrrhizinated licorice, or DGL, NIH says.

If you have a fondness for black licorice, FDA is offering this advice:

  • No matter what your age, don’t eat large amounts of black licorice at one time.
  • If you have been eating a lot of black licorice and have an irregular heart rhythm or muscle weakness, stop eating it immediately and contact your healthcare provider.
  • Black licorice can interact with some medications, herbs and dietary supplements. Consult a health care professional if you have questions about possible interactions with a drug or supplement you take.

If you’ve experienced any problems after eating licorice, contact the FDA consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

This article appears on FDA's Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

Monday, January 02, 2012

KILLER RAW MILK DANGERS

Raw milk can be identified as milk that is not pasteurized. Remember, that pasteurization is the only way to kill many of the bacteria in milk. Raw milk can create many days of diarrhea, stomach cramping, vomiting etc

raw milk dangers

Raw milk cause infections:

Raw milk can be contaminated with bacteria such as E. coli, Brucella, Campylobacter, Listeria, Mycobacterium bovis, Salmonella,  Shigella,Streptococcus pyogenes,Yersinia enterocolitica etc. Even raw milk products such as cheeses and yogurts may be having contamination of same bacteria.

Some studies show that consumers may develop severe or even life-threatening diseases, such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, which can cause paralysis. Raw milk may lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome, that may result in kidney failure and stroke.

How raw milk and raw milk products get contaminated?

Usually contamination occurs when Cow feces comes in contact with milk, milk taken from infected udder, bovine tuberculosis in cow, contamination from milk handling humans, ugly environments etc.

So please be careful while using Raw Milk.

DRINKING RAW MILK CURE ANY DISEASE

Raw milk can be defined as the milk from cows, goats, sheep, or other animals that has not been pasteurized. Raw milk can carry harmful bacteria and other germs that may endanger your health.DRINKING RAW MILK CURE ANY DISEASE

Is drinking raw milk cure or prevent any disease?

As per our knowledge, it will not prevent or cure any type of disease. There are many rumors that drinking raw milk will give some additional benefits to the health. No proven benefits when compared to pasteurized milk.

We strongly advice pasteurized milk.

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