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September 24, 2020 - NBC News

Daily black licorice habit kills Massachusetts construction worker

Daily black licorice habit kills Massachusetts construction worker
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Eating a bag and a half every day for a few weeks caused the 54-year-old man’s heart to stop, doctors said.

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, doctors reported Wednesday.

“Even a small amount of licorice you eat can increase your blood pressure a little bit,” said Dr. Neel Butala, a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital who described the case in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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