amazing fact on candycanes

United States
December 28, 2008 2:48pm CST
New studies on peppermint, the key flavoring in traditional candy canes, reveal the herb may do everything from kill germs to treat digestive troubles. Some researchers now advise consumers to eat a tablespoon or more of fresh peppermint, and other green herbs, daily. Peppermint oil, found in most candy canes, also appears to have health benefits. A recent British Medical Journal study, led by McMaster University researcher Alex Ford, concludes that peppermint oil should be the first line of defense against irritable bowel syndrome, a condition characterized by abdominal pain and irregular bowels that affects between 5 to 20 percent of the population. Peppermint oil, and other potent essential oils, may even one day be wafted in their vapor form over food to prevent the growth of bacteria.
4 responses
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
30 Dec 08
thats a new one for me. thanks for the information.
@savak03 (6682)
• United States
29 Dec 08
My grandmother used to use peppermint for an upset stomach all the time.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
28 Dec 08
Very interesting, when I go to work tomorrow I have to check and see if there is any candy canes left. I do have some bowl problems at times and I try just about anything once.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
28 Dec 08
That's good to know. I've been eating candy canes everyday for the past week anyway.