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Data: Fair

Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice)

Other Concerns

Neurotoxicity (low), Endocrine disruption (moderate), and Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

SYNONYMS

GLYCYRRHIZA, GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA, GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE), LICORICE, LICORICE EXTRACT (GLYCYRRHIZA SPP.), LICORICE EXTRACT POWDER (GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA L.), LICORICE ROOT, LICORICE ROOT (GLYCYRRHIZA GLABR A L.), LICORICE ROOT EXTRACT (GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA L.), LICORICE, EXT., and POWDERED GLYCYRRHIZA

This ingredient is not currently on EWG's Restricted or Unacceptable Lists.


Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) is a plant material derived from the dried rhizomes and roots ofthe licorice, Glycyrrhiza glabra.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • MODERATE
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

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Endocrine disruption

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Human any disruptor - strong evidenceOpen scientific literature
Possible human any disruptorOpen scientific literature
Human any disruptor - moderate evidenceOpen scientific literature
Limited evidence of any disruptionOpen scientific literature
One or more animal studies show endocrine disruption at moderate dosesOpen scientific literature

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Possible human any toxicantOpen scientific literature
Limited evidence of any toxicityOpen scientific literature
Associated with any toxicityOpen scientific literature

Developmental/reproductive toxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Human any toxicant - moderate evidenceOpen scientific literature
One or more animal studies show any effects at moderate dosesOpen scientific literature

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
One or more animal studies show any or allergenic effects at low dosesOpen scientific literature

Neurotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
One or more animal studies show any effects at high dosesOpen scientific literature

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Food Additive Status

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
2587 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). 2008. EAFUS [Everything Added to Food]: A Food Additive Database. FDA Office of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Food Additive Status List. Downloaded from http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/%7Edms/opa-appa.html, Oct 16, 2006.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

Understanding scores

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HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

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Data availability

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