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Silly question but are there any health benefits to having peppermint candies? i notice at times a restaurant or food joint hand them out with orders.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Here's why: Eating a peppermint after a meal absorbs or masks the odor of the food on the breath. In india, people eat anise and fennel seeds for the same reason.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Peppermint Candies: I agree with earlier comment about minty breath. Peppermint oil has been used effectively for a variety of digestive issues (flatus, nausea, vomiting, cramps, loose bowel movements, heartburn, indigestion & irritable bowel syndrome). I don't know how much peppermint is in these candies though.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No benefit: There is no health benefit to be gained from candies, any candies. Have a healthy diet, exercise, drink plenty of water, have safe sex, and get HPV vaccine. Wish you good health!

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