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Peppermint Extract

Nutritional Information

2 tbsps, peppermint extract

  • Calories 2
  • Calories from Fat 0.27
  • Amount%DV
  • Total Fat 0.03g0%
  • Saturated Fat 0.008g0%
  • Monounsaturated Fat 0.001g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0.016g
  • Cholestreol 0mg0%
  • Sodium 1mg0%
  • Potassium 18mg1%
  • Total Carbohydrate 0.48g0%
  • Dietary Fiber 0.3g1%
  • Sugars 0g
  • Protein 0.12g0%
  • Calcium 1mg0%
  • Iron 1mg6%
  • Vitamin A 3%
  • Vitamin C 2%

Peppermint Extract on Wikipedia:

Peppermint extract is an herbal extract of peppermint (Mentha x piperita) made from the essential oils of peppermint leaves. It is commonly used in cooking, as a dietary supplement, and as an herbal or alternative medicine. The liquid is obtained by extracting the oils from dried or fresh leaves and the flowering tops of the plant using alcohol. It is commonly sold in 1 oz. or 4 oz. bottles.

Uses in cooking

Peppermint extract can be used to add a peppermint flavor to baked goods, desserts, and candy, particularly candy canes, mints, and peppermint patties. Extracts for cooking may be labeled as pure, natural, imitation, or artificial. While pure and natural extracts contain peppermint oil specifically, imitation and artificial extracts generally use a mix of ingredients to achieve a flavor resembling peppermint.

Peppermint extract can be substituted in recipes with peppermint oil (a stronger ingredient primarily used in candy-making), crème de menthe, or peppermint schnapps. Please note: if the recipe does not call for heating, the alcoholic properties of liqueurs may remain present in the finished product.

Peppermint extract may also be mixed with boiling water to create “peppermint tea.”

Medicinal uses

Though the medicinal uses of peppermint extract are not indisputably documented, its possible applications are extensive. Peppermint extract is commonly used to soothe symptoms of the common cold and the flu, and as a digestive aid which may relieve bloating and flatulence. It may also be used to aid in the relief of pain from menstrual cramp and tension headaches. Because of its cooling properties, it may also relieve itching when applied topically.

Additionally, peppermint extract is believed to have antiviral and medicinal properties which may help in the treatment of herpes and the disintegration of gallstones.

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