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Eleven percent of the mothers consumed more than 500 milligrams of glycyrrhizin a week, the amount found in about 8.8 ounces of pure licorice (many licorice candies

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Eleven percent of the mothers consumed more than 500 milligrams of glycyrrhizin a week, the amount found in about 8.8 ounces of pure licorice (many licorice candies
and foods contain anise flavorings and only small amounts of glycyrrhizin).
At age 13, compared with those whose mothers ate the least licorice, those whose mothers consumed the most averaged seven points lower on I. Q.
tests and had triple the risk for attention deficit disorder problems.
“But we have tried to account for numerous variables, and we know from animal studies
that there are detrimental consequences for offspring of mothers who consume glycyrrhizin.
Licorice contains glycyrrhizin, a sweetener derived from the root of the licorice plant,
and is used to flavor candies, soft drinks, herbal teas and other products.
Pregnant women may want to avoid licorice, which may affect the cognitive abilities of their children, a study suggests.
Glycyrrhizin increases levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, which may affect development of the fetal nervous system.

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