It's hard to resist grabbing a candy cane when you see them all around you during the holiday season. While a peppermint candy cane consists mostly of empty calories, eating one now and then can be part of a healthy diet.
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A 6-inch peppermint candy cane provides 55 calories. You'll eat even fewer calories if like a lot of people, you toss the candy cane before you've finished eating it.
The calories in a peppermint candy cane come from carbohydrates. A 6-inch candy cane provides 14 g of carbohydrates, 11 of which are sugar. Peppermint candy canes are a fat-free food and contain no protein. Candy canes do not contain a significant amount of any nutrient.
Peppermint candy canes contain peppermint oil, usually listed as a "natural flavor." Peppermint oil can help to relieve indigestion, according to Harvard Health Publications. Eating a candy cane after a rich holiday meal could be a good strategy to help your digestion.