Add this to the list of foods that a pregnant woman shouldn’t eat. Liquorice is apparently bad for you.
One of the chemicals in the sweet named glycyrrhizin can impact and affect a child’s IQ, affect their memory and increase their chances of ADHD, scientists discovered. Per the Daily Mail:
“Finnish researchers compared 378 youths whose mothers had either consumed large amounts or next-to-no liquorice while pregnant.
They defined a large amount as more than 500mg of glycyrrhizin each week – the equivalent to 250g of liquorice.
In real terms, that is slightly more than a standard packet of Maynards Bassetts Liquorice Allsorts – which weigh 190g.
In the study, youths were then asked to perform cognitive reasoning tests to measure their intelligence levels.
They found those exposed to large amounts of liquorice in the womb performed less well. On average the difference was seven IQ points.
While it also made the youngsters have worse memory, according to the study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology” (2017.)