Children exposed to licorice in the womb were found to have up to 1/3 higher levels of cortisol (a hormone associated with Diabetes), high blood pressure and obesity, according to experts from London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital and the University of Helsinki. The study showed that perhaps a naturally occuring ingredient in licorice (glycyrrhizin) affects the regulation of hormonal levels.
Recommendations? When pregnant, cut down on eating licorice – simple as that!
Also, do you know the risks of having a high pregnancy weight?