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Is there a difference between black licorice and licorice root?
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
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In brief: Yes
Black licorice is a candy, and licorice root is a plant (glycyrrhiza glabra).
Black licorice candy contains glycyrrhizin, the compound made from black licorice root that's used as a sweetener. Glycyrrizin can cause body potassium levels to fall. There are de-glycyrrinated licorice supplements available, if using for that purpose. http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm277152.htm.

In brief: Yes
Black licorice is a candy, and licorice root is a plant (glycyrrhiza glabra).
Black licorice candy contains glycyrrhizin, the compound made from black licorice root that's used as a sweetener. Glycyrrizin can cause body potassium levels to fall. There are de-glycyrrinated licorice supplements available, if using for that purpose. http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm277152.htm.
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