Mint – Add it To Your Diet

Mint is often associated with gum or candy as well as other desserts and even toothpaste but it does not mean that you should limit it to those areas. Mint is a herb that can be included into your diet as something more than a breath freshener. Have you ever put mint on top of a spicy soup? How about using it as part of your coconut milk smoothie?

The combination of chocolate and mint is without a doubt one of the best combinations there is, so combine the two into a waffle for breakfast. As you can see there are many uses in your kitchen and for more than just fresh breath applications.

That isn’t all though as mint has many health benefits as well. Here are a few of the benefits of adding these aromatic leaves to your diet:

Digestion:

  • The aroma activates the saliva glands in our mouth as well as glands which secrete digestive enzymes, thereby facilitating digestion. By secreting digestive enzymes we are breaking down the food we consume into easier used nutrients that provide maximum benefit to our bodies.
  • It may be useful in easing symptoms of dyspepsia, indigestion, irritable bowels and spasms of the colon muscles.

Nutritional Value:

  • Peppermint is rich in manganese, vitamin A and vitamin C.
  • It also is a good source of fiber, folate, iron, vitamin B2, potassium and copper.
  • Mint also contains nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus and oxalic acid.

Respiratory:

  • The strong aroma of mint is very effective in opening up congestion of nose, throat, bronchi and lungs, giving relief in respiratory disorders resulting from asthma.
  • Peppermint contains a substance called rosmarinic acid, which is thought to have an anti-inflammatory and airway-clearing effect.

Why did I get started on mint? I had decided to turn the idea of a mint Oreo into a waffle after seeing the Oreo used in a cupcake. I am a firm believer that any cupcake or dessert can be converted into a healthy version via the waffle (see recipes for Black Forest Cake Waffle and Carrot Cake Waffle.) When I went to the grocery store I bought a rather large bunch of mint leaves only to find out that I didn’t need as much. Not wanting to waste the mint I began placing the leaves into my water instead of the normal standby of lemon.

The mint made drinking water a little different and I have also since added it to hot tea. I drink quite a bit of green tea and adding the mint changed the flavor profile just enough to discern that it wasn’t just plain green tea.

Looking for more ideas besides waffles or placing it into a glass? Then the next time you are making a salad try tearing some mint leaves and add it to your meal along with hand torn basil and cilantro. The flavor profile of that boring salad you typically consume will be changed forever.

If that isn’t enough how about substituting mint for cilantro in your guacamole?

As you can see mint can be a terrific addition to your kitchen and with the added health benefits besides fresher breather. So you aren’t left wondering where to add it here are 20 recipes for you to look through and pick which one you like best, or try them all.

How Do You Add Mint To Your Diet?

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Comments

  1. Mint may help with digestion but I wouldn’t use it in excess if I had acid reflux. Mint is classified as a carminative. When taken, they can end up weakening the muscle that keeps stomach contents from refluxing into the esophagus. It’s funny because most people I talk to think it’ll help them with their heartburn… But can be making it worse.
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  2. Fiona Jesse Giffords says:

    I love the mint juice with some drops lemon juice and honey in it. It quite good for cold flu, it works wonder. It also helps in reducing weight by lowering the cholesterol level in the body there by saving from heart attacks.

  3. This is really awesome information about the health benefits of mint. I will definitely try to coordinate it into a meal or two in the future!