Can you eat mints when pregnant?

In this article, we will answer whether you can eat mints when pregnant, what mints are, whether mints are healthy to eat when pregnant, what is the risk of eating mints when pregnant, and what you can eat instead of mints. 

Can you eat mints when pregnant?

Yes, you can safely eat mints when pregnant. Mint leaves and mint candy need to be eaten in moderation. Mint leaves should be properly washed. Mints candy needs to be eaten in moderation because of the sugar content. 

Mints can be eaten in almost all their presentations. Just check the label to verify they don’t contain caffeine or peppermint. 

What are mints?

Mints, known as breath mints or mint candy are usually referred to as food items that are consumed after meals as a refreshment or to improve oral breath. Mints have been known to soothe the stomach because of their natural compounds known as mentha. 

Some brands also contain peppermint oil, spearmint oil, or wintergreen oil. You can find different presentations of mints such as

Hard mint

They are candies or boiled sweets flavored with mint. Some examples of hard mints are Altoids or ice breakers. This type of mint contains peppermint oil or extract that can help with digestion after a meal. Peppermint has muscle relaxant properties, it should not be consumed when pregnant. 

Soft mint

They are known also as dinner mints or butter mints. Soft mints are soft candies with higher butter content that can dissolve inside your mouth. 

Scotch mint

They are also known as pan drop, granny snooker, or mint imperial. They are round white candy with a hard shell and a soft middle. They are very popular in Great Britain and other Commonwealth nations. They were traditionally spheroids and known to be more like a discoid shape. 

Are mints healthy to eat when pregnant?

One mint candy contains 8 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 mg of cholesterol, 2 grams of carbohydrates of which 1.3 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein. They do not contain any nutritional benefits and contain high levels of sugar without any vitamins or minerals. 

Mint candy is not considered healthy. You can eat it in small amounts when pregnant because of the sugar content and peppermint oil. 

What is the risk of eating mints when pregnant?

Mints candy contains excessive amounts of sugar. It can lead to rapid weight gain and more health complications. Some complications of rapid weight gain can be fatal for the baby and mom.

  • Gestational Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Complications during birth
  • Baby health 

Gestational Diabetes

You can develop gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a state where blood sugar is high and can’t be regulated by insulin. You may need to take medication and the mother can develop diabetes even after the baby is born. 

High Blood pressure

You can develop eclampsia and preeclampsia. Both can lead to mother and baby complications and even death. 

Complications during birth 

If you gain too much weight it’s more likely that you end up in cesarean because vaginal birth tends to be more difficult with excess weight. Also, babies of mothers who gain too much weight are usually bigger. 

Baby health 

Moms that gain too much weight tend to have babies with high birth weight and these babies have more risk of being obese and developing diabetes when older. 

What are the side effects of eating mints when pregnant?

Mint is a herb that can have adverse effects when pregnant. If you have gastritis or gastroesophageal reflux, a common condition in pregnant women, you should not use mint candies to soothe digestive issues. Mint can trigger more symptoms.

Peppermint oil in large doses can be toxic. Peppermint oil is not recommended to be consumed when pregnant.

Menthol is not intended for internal consumption, it can be toxic if consumed. 

What can I eat instead of mints?

Mints are a lifesaver when it comes to breathing odor and a metallic taste in your mouth when pregnant. These two problems are very common in pregnancy because of hormonal changes. You can try to chew some mint leaves if you want to cut on sugar intake. 

Another option is to look for sugar-free mints. Here is a link for some brands you can try. Just remember, if they do contain peppermint oil like Altoids, try to consume them in small amounts because peppermint oil in high amounts can cause problems in pregnant women. 

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Conclusion

This article answered whether you can eat mints when pregnant, what mints are, whether mints are healthy to eat when pregnant, what is the risk of eating mints when pregnant, and what you can eat instead of mints.

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