Mass hysteria online after one mum dared to suggest that black jelly beans need to be a thing of the past.
A recent online petition asking if we should get rid of the black jelly bean received thousands of responses.
“Does anyone actually like the black jelly beans? They’re licorice flavoured and are revolting! Maybe we need to start a petition to get rid of them (or is it only me????)”
The response was VERY split down the middle with pretty much a 50:50 result from nearly 10,000 votes.
“I love the black ones even though they flavour isn’t quite the same these days”
“Nothing wrong with black ones.”
“Love them all, but black the best.”
“Black is my favourite , long live the black jelly bean.”
“I love black jellybeans. You can give em to me if you don’t want em”
“Contrary to popular belief, the black & also the red ones are so popular they even come in individual packs now. This is the brand my Doctor recommends for Diabetics.”
“I really enjoy the black jelly beans, the black ones for me.”
“I pick all the black ones out and then eat them. Yummy.”
Petition to ban them for the sake of the children
One online petition launched a few years ago did actually call for the ban of black jelly beans.
The petition by american John Hicks stated; “Today, I stand against black licorice jelly beans. With every hand full of jelly beans I want a better tasting future for generations to come. I want to make a difference in this world. I want people to enjoy jelly beans without having to worry about picking out the black licorice jelly beans. Please support me and my idea in making this world a better place for everyone. Children, teens, adults, elders. THIS IS OUR TIME. THIS OUR CHANCE TO STOP THE BLACK LICORICE JELLY BEANS ONCE AND FOR ALL. ”
Something important all you black jelly bean lovers need to be aware of is that too much licorice can lead to serious hypertension, (aka high blood pressure).
Doctors reported that a 51-year old man was hospitalized for both high blood pressure and low potassium levels.
He’d been having stomach pains for three days, and vomiting and experiencing diarrhea on the previous day before he sought medical help.
Turns out he’d recently begun snacking on a bag of black jelly beans every day — and continued to do so in the hospital. When doctors became aware of his 50-black-jelly-beans-a-day habit, they cut him off from the treat — and his hypertension disappeared, and potassium levels stabilized.
Black licorice contains glycyrrhizin, which has been shown to cause high blood pressure and low potassium levels. These conditions can lead to dangerous heart arrhythmias, fluid retention and congestive heart failure.
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