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Study Suggests Women Should Avoid Licorice During Pregnancy

Study Suggests Women Should Avoid Licorice During Pregnancy


Are you pregnant? Do you love licorice?

If you are like me and answered YES to both of these questions then I have something to tell you! Licorice has just been added to the ‘should avoid in pregnancy” category…Nooooo!

The study was conducted in Finland and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology on February 3rd. The results have been released and the findings have basically told us that a high consumption of licorice in any trimester of pregnancy can lead to issues for our children later in life.

The United States FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and WHO (World Health Organisation) are yet to follow suit of Finland’s National Institute for health and welfare and list the yummy treat on their ‘not recommended’ list.

The lead researcher on the study is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Helinski in Finland and has said “The present findings suggest that pregnant women should be informed that consumption of licorice and other food products containing – a chemical found in licorice called glycyrrhizin may be associated with harm for their developing offspring”.

The study itself looked at the amount of licorice consumed by pregnant women in all three trimesters on a weekly basis. From this they were able to calculate the amount of Glycyrrhizin consumed and form their results. It has been an ongoing study, and the researchers have followed children into their childhood. Of 451 10 to 12 year olds whose mothers were part of the study the results showed that 330 had nil to a little amount of licorice or less than 250milligrams and 51 consumed a high amount, more than 500 milligrams.

Those who consumed a high intake had children with an IQ of up to seven points lower than those who consumed nil to a little.

500mg of Glycyrrhizin is equal to 250 grams of licorice.

The research also showed that girls born to mothers who had a high consumption of licorice reached puberty earlier and children, both male and female seemed at a higher risk of ADHD.


Emily Lockley

Emily Lockley is 32, which she thinks is a great age by the way, still young enough to want to have fun and just old enough to not really care about the dramas of your twenties.and not where she thought she would be. In saying that for the most part, she loves where she's at. Great partner, loving family, amazing friends, living in Melbourne..blah blah right?! There is always something else we want, for her that's a baby, but it's just not happening the way she thought it would. Emily is an infertility blogger who writes of her journey through fertility treatment and the longing to become a Mum in a very real, raw and honest way.

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