Still looking at leftover candy canes? Thinking about pitching them? Well, those folks at CBN might suggest otherwise. According to a recent headline, candy canes are potential health food.
The peppermint oil found in most candy canes can ease the symptoms of Irritable Bowl Syndrome, Discovery Channel News reports.
IBS is a painful condition that affects between five to 20 percent of the population.
Peppermint also appears to prevent the growth of bacteria in foods.
It’s so effective that some researchers now advise people to eat a tablespoon or more of fresh peppermint every day.
Okay. Let’s follow the bouncing logic: Peppermint oil has healthful qualities. Some candy canes contain peppermint oil. Therefore, candy canes have healthful qualities.
Candy canes are mostly sugar. A little starch is added to hold them together, and a small amount of peppermint oil or other flavoring – sometimes artificial – is used for taste.
Is it possible that any positive health effects of peppermint offset the negative effects of sugar?
We’ll stick to straight oil as needed, thank you. Or a nice cup of peppermint tea.