Thursday, October 08, 2009

oh great,

Eating licorice during pregnancy may harm baby, study shows

Wed, Oct 7, 2009 (HealthDay News) -- Eating large amounts of licorice during pregnancy could have a detrimental impact on a child's intelligence and behavior, say European researchers who studied 8-year-old children in Finland, where many young women consume licorice.
The study found that children born to women who ate a lot of licorice while pregnant scored lower on tests than other youngsters, BBC News reported.
A component in licorice called glycyrrhizin may enable stress hormones to cross through the placenta from mother to child. These hormones may affect fetal brain development and have been linked to behavioral disorders, the researchers said.
The findings show "that eating licorice during pregnancy may affect a child's behavior or IQ and suggests the importance of the placenta in preventing stress hormones that may affect cognitive development getting through to the baby," said Professor Jonathan Seckl, of Edinburgh University's Centre for Cardiovascular Science, BBC News reported.
The study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

-- HealthDay

may have had a little red vine addiction in the college years and I may have taken a stroll through memory lane this past weekend on our road trip; no more licorice for me.


Nancy said...

I read that article today, too. I love licorice and am very sad if this is true. I haven't eaten much licorice this pregnancy because it makes me sick. Sadness and sorrow. But I guess it is a good thing in the long run. Hope all is going well for you!

Katie said...

Ooooh. Good news! That study is talking about black licorice-red licorice isn't technically licorice! You're in luck.

Mmmm. red vines.

K J B said...

yay Katie! I just noticed from the picture that the package doesn't even say licorice... just twists.