Obviously black licorice is candy, which sort of precludes it from being a health food and I also seem to recall from my days working at the local medical school that if a person has dodgy kidneys too much black licorice can cause hypo or hyper proteinemia. Or maybe hypo or hyper natrimia. A bad one, anyway.
So that’s not my question - my question is for a normal person, with normal kidney function, is eating a normal amount of black licorice substantially worse than eating, say, ju-jubes? A bit of googling suggests that the stuff is toxic sludge that will kill you in a flash, but I’ve been enjoying it for 40 or so years and nothing much has happened yet. Am I slowly killing myself without even knowing it?