by Jenna Koroly, MS, RD, CSOWM, CDN
The herb mint contains vitamin A and iron, with 2 Tbsp providing 9% of the daily value of vitamin A and 7% of the daily value of iron. Mint also provides 6% of the daily value of manganese [i].
Mint is often used to soothe sore throats, as well as for oral health and to freshen breath. Peppermint has been associated with symptom management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), likely due to its antispasmodic properties, which may relax the smooth muscles of the intestines. Mint is not recommended for symptom management related to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), as it may worsen these symptoms. Topical peppermint may play a role in pain relief by offering a pleasant sensation to counteract pain.
Ways to Eat
Use mint leaves in pesto or on grain dishes including rice or risotto. Try it out in smoothies or other drinks for a refreshing taste, and top vegetable dishes with this fresh herb. Don’t miss our Savor Cooks article featuring mint, coming next week!
[i] Spearmint, fresh [mint]. Retrieved from https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/spices-and-herbs/213/2