Don’t Eat Too Much Black Licorice This Halloween

The FDA warns the public that eating too much black licorice is not good for your health. This is only if you eat a ton of licorice daily—about 2 ounces of black licorice each day for at least two weeks. The consequences of eating too much leads to irregular heart rhythm which could land you in the emergency room.

The reason for this is glycyrrhizin which is a sweetening compound found in licorice root. When you eat an excessive amount of this, the compound causes your body’s potassium levels to decline which leads to irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure.

Overall, black licorice does not have any permanent health effects and that a lot of licorice flavored products don’t have any real licorice in them. Last year, they only reported one case.

Happy Halloween from the Professional Medical Corp. Team! Have Fun and be Safe!

 

Read original article here—Courtesy of Times Healthland

Yummy Halloween Treats

Pumpkin Peanut Butter CookiesHappy Halloween from Professional Medical Corp!

We found this great healthy recipe from Skinnychef.com for peanut butter cookies. The reviews make it sound like a quite delicious treat!

Ingredients

3 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour or oat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup trans-fat free margarine
1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon molasses
2 teaspoon vanilla
non-stick spray

Directions

1. In a medium bowl or zipper lock bag, mix 3 cups of whole wheat pastry flour or oat flour, baking soda, and salt.

2. In a separate large bowl, beat margarine , peanut butter and sugar with a wooden spoon until smooth and well combined. Beat in the egg whites, molasses and vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture.

3. Spread dough out onto a piece of wax paper about 18-inches long. Press another sheet of wax paper on top and roll the dough out so that it spans the entire sheet of wax paper. Fold in half.

4. Refrigerate about 1 hour until firm. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 2 large cookie sheet s with non-stick spray. Peel back one of the sheets of wax paper. Dip the cookie cutter into the remaining flour and cut out your shapes. Transfer to baking sheets.

5. Bake 9-10 minutes until the pumpkins are firm to the touch. Remove to a wire cooling rack. Cool completely before storing in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

Click here for the original recipe! –Courtesy of Skinnychef.com

What is your favorite Halloween treat?

Healthier Halloween Candy

Halloween is in two weeks, so Realsimple.com did a comparison of different kinds of candy to choose for those who can’t decide which is a healthier option.

Hmm let’s try one. Twix or Kit Kat?

If you chose Kit Kat—you’re right!

Fun size Twix contains three times the sodium of a fun size Kit Kat.

Want a healthier option? Choose Qbel Double Dark Chocolate Wafer Bars.

Let’s try another one!

Smarties or Sweet Tarts?

If you chose Smarties, you’re right!

Smarties contain half the calories and sugar of sweet tarts!

Want a healthier option than that? Try Panda Licorice.

Click here for more candy comparisons—courtesy of realsimple.com