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Do you monitor how much candy your child eats?

Posted by on Mar. 4, 2015 at 11:14 AM
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10-Year-Old's Serious Candy Habit Leads to Seizures


jars of candyOccasional treats and cheat days may seem fine, but too much of a good thing can be bad for you, as one family learned. A 10-year-old boy in Italy suffered from a seizure after indulging in way more than his fair share of licorice candy.

When the seizures first began, doctors couldn't immediately find their cause. He had normal vital signs, but high levels of cortisol and elevated blood pressure. And after performing an MRI, doctors found that his brain held excess fluid and later realized that his teeth were actually brown.

The mystery was finally solved when the grade schooler admitted that, for the past four months, he had eaten 20 pieces of licorice toffee candies every single day.

Two weeks after quitting his sugar fix, his brain swelling went down and he returned to health. Only because he cut out his licorice intake.

So what's so bad about the sugary candy? Licorice, unlike other sweets, contains glycyrrhizic acid, which helps to give it its sugary flavor. This same acid then causes blood pressure to rise and keeps cortisol from breaking down in the body. And for the 10-year-old? He was eating almost double the amount of this acid that should be safe.

You might think a candy overdose can just make kids hyper, but the fact is, the risks are much scarier. The FDA reports that just two ounces of black licorice daily for at least two weeks could put a person at risk for heart arrhythmia.

Halloween isn't the only time parents need to worry. Jellybeans and licorice treats are a hit year-round (and with Easter coming up, will be on the market even more), and can have some serious effects on a child's health. Now's the time to nip those cravings in the bud.

Do you stock black licorice in your home? Did you know it was so unhealthy?

by on Mar. 4, 2015 at 11:14 AM
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virginiamama71
by Carrie on Mar. 4, 2015 at 11:05 PM
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 No stock of black licorice or any candy in my home. I get my candy fix at work. My son has candy at parties or when I buy him some.

diaperstodating
by Queen24Princes on Mar. 4, 2015 at 11:39 PM
No, I don't keep stock of black licorice in my home.
diaperstodating
by Queen24Princes on Mar. 4, 2015 at 11:41 PM
My ten year old has a sweet tooth, when he has money he usually spends it on candy. I monitor it so he doesn't go overboard.
cjsmom1
by Group Admin on Mar. 5, 2015 at 1:13 AM

I always keep candy and snacks in my house and ds usually has 2 a day.

trfgirl56701
by on Mar. 5, 2015 at 8:50 AM

We don't eat black licorice but I do watch how much candy DS eats.

mrsary
by Gold Member on Mar. 5, 2015 at 9:02 AM
Yes I monitor!
zumbanerd
by Bronze Member on Mar. 5, 2015 at 3:37 PM

I hate black licorice so no, I would never buy it. The person that ends up eating the candy in my house is me. My daughter will have it once in a while, but she doesn't really eat much in the first place.

Shy_Dia
by Silver Member on Mar. 5, 2015 at 10:30 PM
I hate black licorice... or any type really lol

But ya, i have to monitor what ds eats, whether it's candy or food. A simple pizza night can turn into him eating the entire large pizza within less than 30 minutes (i took a shower, came out to one piece left)... candy, bags of chips can be gone within an hour. Bananas, apples, grapes and strawberries- within a day. The snacks for school? 2 or 3 days.

Idk where he gets stuff but I'll go through his areas and I'll pull out candy wrappers, chip bags, like wtf is this? Sigh. His weight is such a problem and i know it's affecting him but he just won't stop eating the bad food and barely eats the good (protein, veggies)
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