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Mint

Nutritional Content

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].

Health Benefits

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!

References:

[i] Spearmint, fresh [mint]. Retrieved from https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/spices-and-herbs/213/2

Jenna Koroly, MS, RD, CDN

Jenna is a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been a part of the Savor Health team since October 2016, and gained further clinical knowledge in oncology while performing nutrition assessments at Northern Westchester Hospital and Amsterdam Nursing Home as a dietetic intern. Jenna provides nutrition counseling for weight management, cardiovascular health, and vegetarian/vegan individuals at an outpatient nutrition practice in Manhattan, and is passionate about nutrition therapy and exercise for oncology patients.

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