Peppermint candies are available at just about every gas station in the country, and that's not a bad thing. While some peppermints are high in calories and sugar, they can also provide some health benefits.
There are many different kinds of peppermint candies available. Breath mints, usually sold at checkout counters in supermarkets or gas stations, come in tins, tubes or boxes and may have a hard or soft texture. Hard peppermints and dinner mints are not as widely available; stores, usually put them in the candy aisle.
Calorie content varies based on what type of peppermint candy you select. Four pieces of a popular breath mint contain 60 calories, according to the Fat Secret nutrition information database. Fat Secret lists hard candies as having 24 calories per piece. Read labels so you know what you're getting.
Peppermint candies are sometimes a bit high in sugar. Four breath mints contain 15 g of sugar, while hard candies contain 3.7 g. If that's too much sugar for you, look for sugar-free peppermint candies. Just be aware that sometimes the sorbitol sweetener used in those candies can cause gas problems, according to the "Doctor's Book of Food Remedies."
If you suffer from digestive upset, consider popping a peppermint. Not only will it sweeten your breath, but it will also help settle your stomach, according to Professor Alen Hedge of Cornell University.
- "The Doctor's Book of Food Remedies"; Selene Yeager; 2006
- Cornell Center for Matterials Research: Peppermint