Recipe for Liquorice Syrup

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Francisca

Recipe for Liquorice Syrup

I need liquorice Syrup for a few recipes but I can only buy it on the Internet. Does anyone have a simple recipe? I found one on the Internet but it contained a lot of sugar. Of course I can lower it but I wonder if anyone has a better one. And maybe also for Salty Liquorice Syrup? Does one just replace the sugar for salt? And are there easy ways to melt liquorice? I always strugle.....

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audrey

liquorice syrup

I have never heard of this item BUT I do know that Liquorice raises one's Blood Pressure to dangerous levels and should be avoided. Even one pice causes a significant rise!

be careful!

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Francisca

Blood Pressure

Hi Audrey, I have heard that as well but we hear so many things nowadays and more often then not they are not correct! I think that too much liquorice is bad but a little bit now and then will surely not harm anybody who is in good health. To be honest I was not brought up in a country where people eat this stuff so I don't even like it but I did love the liquorice ice cream I made a while ago as well as a dessert I made with grilled pineapple, a scoop of coconut ice cream and a bit of liquorice syrup on the top (I found a recipe on the Internet but I don't manage to really melt the liquorice, not even if I cut it in very small pieces!).

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SonyaK

Liquorice Syrup

"In the past it was thought that large amounts of liquorice needed to be eaten to have an effect on blood pressure. However, recent studies from researchers in Sweden and Iceland have suggested as little as 50g eaten daily over 2 weeks will cause a rise in blood pressure.

It is the glycyrrhetinic acid in liquorice that is responsible for this by causing a sodium and potassium imbalance, which contributes to sodium retention and potassium loss.

As well, even though liquorice has a low fat content of about 2%, it is 44% sugar.
Liquorice is not recommended for a person with diabetes. It is very much a once-in-a-while treat."

Quote from Diabetes NZ.
But a bit once in a while shouldn't do you any harm.
Just don't eat 50g every day:)

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Francisca

Blood Pressure and liquorice

Well, I do believe in everything with moderation! I don't know anybody who would eat 50g of liquorice on a daily basis even though Dutch people do eat a lot and seem to suffer no side effects! That said I don't really like it other than in recipes. Still I have to say that I always take all those modern researches with a pinch of salt (not too much...). They change their minds on a daily basis and much of it seems to be only done to keep the researchers in employment. I suppose we all need a job and there aren't too many around! But too bad they make us afraid of drinking or eating anything.....

 
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