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What are the ingredients in breath mints?


A big thanks goes to Jason Cai and Nolan Johnson in Mrs. Fourman and Mr. Lowe's class at Pinney Elementary for today’s Wonder!



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Our Answer

Who doesn’t love breath mints? Everyone does!

Did you know that breath mints have been around for almost 4,000 years? Crazy, right! Well, it wasn’t really a breath mint, they would suck on clovers to refresh their breath. But that was not the only thing they used! Later on they would use Anise seed and chew it very slowly, for natural flavor bringing mint of amazingness!!! Even later then that they used even more non-mints called Cardamon seed that makes you have good breath. Mint plants are even better at refreshing your breath before the era of mints.

So now for the real question, what ingredients are in breath mints? Breath mints have mint plant, sweetener which is sugar(yum!) and binders (which is what keeps it together). Some other ingredients are magnesium stearate, stearic acid natural(not always sometimes artificial), Carnuba wax makes it glossy. That’s a lot of odd stuff huh? We think so.

Fun Facts!
The most popular mint is the Tic Tac. Some other mints that are very popular are Mentos and Life Savers. Washington and Oregon produce the most breath mints in the US.