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Organic sugar, organic corn syrup, natural wintergreen flavor.
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Why You’ll Love Wintergreen Mints
Like candy, breath mints are often loaded with artificial sweeteners that don’t have a place anywhere near your mouth. But not all breath mints are created equal. Some brands, such as Newman’s Own Organic Mints, have managed to produce mints without any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They have organic sugar, too, which means you can pop one in without worrying about ingesting any processed chemicals. Lastly, they incorporate natural wintergreen flavor, an herb that has more than a few health benefits. Overall, these are an ethical and relatively healthy way to freshen your breath, without sacrificing flavor.
In fact, the ingredient list for these mints is pretty straightforward: organic sugar, organic corn syrup, and natural wintergreen flavor—pretty simple ingredients compared to most major mint brands.
The philosophy behind Newman’s Own
Started by none other than celebrity actor Paul Newman, his small company that began in 1982 has now blossomed into a full-fledged, philanthropic operation with a variety of ethically sourced products. The company’s foundation has donated more than $450 million to thousands of charities, which is a pretty good indicator that its heart is in the right place as it works to create products that are good for consumers and for the world. The company prioritizes putting quality first, and this mission is reflected in the success of Newman’s more than 200 individual products.
The history of breath mints
Mints weren’t always available to immediately and conveniently ease one’s bad breath. Ancient peoples experimented with sucking on cloves, or chewing cardamom seeds, fennel, and parsley to rid the breath of foul odors or cover up the smell of alcohol.
Egyptians in particular had it bad: they weren’t as in-the-know about dental hygiene as we are today, and had to combat the smell of their rotting teeth. Talk about needing a breath mint! They did their best with what they had. However, and combined myrrh, cinnamon, frankincense, and honey, then boiled this mixture down, shaping it into pellets.
In the late 1700s, Altoids fashioned a mint lozenge that made use of mint oil. Later, the Victorians popularized hard mints that used peppermint oils. These mints were produced using boiled sugar that was shaped by a rotary tablet press.
In the 1950s, the modern breath mint made its first appearance in a mint candy called a Cert. The Cert utilized the secret ingredient copper gluconate and cottonseed oil called Restyn, which resulted in a product that finally delivered freshness for an extended period of time — and you could carry them in your pocket.
Due to their popularity, dozens of competitors were spawned, and today we have many varieties of the breath mint. The 1980s marked an especially popular time for the sugar-free mint, which is losing favor today as health experts profess the danger of artificial sweeteners.
The 411 on artificial sweeteners
You may wonder why the health community is making such a big deal about artificial sweeteners. They can’t be worse than sugar, right? Wrong. While eating copious amounts of sugar is never good, artificial sweeteners come with their own risks. For example, they’re not calorie free, so there is a lot of confusion of how they actually play into weight gain since many foods don’t list their calories on their labels. They’ve also been linked to serious digestive issues, as well as negative central nervous system reactions. Here are some of the risks further explained:
1. Deceptive caloric intake
Some artificial sweeteners are misleading when it comes to calorie count. Although they contain calories, the amount is so small that ingredient wrappers might not even mention them. Good examples are items that contain Splenda or sugar alcohols. Whether or not the label lists them, these do contain calories and add up.
Artificial sweeteners are known across the board for inducing this side effect. Getting headaches after eating artificial sweeteners is also associated with the condition called Aspartame sickness, which can encompass a myriad of maladies.
3. Digestive issues
Some of the most well-known artificial sweeteners have been linked to digestive problems. It might take a large quantity of the artificial sweeteners to induce these effects, but certain sweeteners, such as sugar alcohols, are especially large culprits in this department. Because of this effect, foods containing sugar alcohols must be labeled so consumers are aware of the risks.
4. Allergic Reactions
While this isn’t as common as digestive complications, some people report having allergic reactions to artificial sweeteners, such as skin rashes.
5. Possibility of fertility complications in men
Although nothing has been proven, some studies make an association between Aspartame and male infertility. Research is still being conducted to clarify these associations.
6. Anxiety responses
Some consumers have reported having panic attacks after consuming artificial sweeteners, with symptoms such as racing heartbeats, shortness of breath, and more. While this is not a widespread reaction to artificial sweeteners, per se, those who are predisposed to this anxious state might be more susceptible to this symptom.
8. Links to depression
Studies have shown that mood changes can be dramatic when regularly consuming these sweeteners.
9. The possibility of central nervous system disorders
Research has shown that Aspartame, one of the more popular artificial sweeteners, may be related to central nervous system disorders such as fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis.
10. Concerns about cancer
Recent research links a higher incidence of bladder cancer to the artificial sweetener saccharin, a higher rate of cancer of the reproductive organs to aspartame. More research is being conducted to explore the possibility of a causal relationship between the two.
Organic sugar versus non-organic sugar
If you’re going to eat sugar, it’s important to go organic. Fortunately, Newman’s Own Organic Mints make this easy as they contain this ingredient.
Organic sugar has been called the best substitute for white sugar, as it is free of the pesticides typically used in non-organic sugarcane production. These pesticides have been linked to cancer and environmental damage.
Organic cane sugar is also a pale color that looks similar to turbinado, or “raw” sugar, which is an indication that it is less processed compared to other sweeteners, such as muscovado and molasses.
Reviews For Wintergreen Mints
Based on 34 Reviews
Better than Altoids
Fresh minty flavor really refreshes my mouth. They have better flavor than Altoids. Love Newman's Own products. Organic, natural flavors, natural sweeteners, doesn't get any better than that, PLUS awesome taste.
Tastes great. Not chalky, but very hard compared to Altoids mints....not that I mind.
These are my favorite mints. I always have a tin in my purse and one in my work bag. They are delicious and refreshing. Simple, organic ingredients. It's hard to find breath mints that don't contain artificial sweeteners. These are a winner!
Love these mints!
Great flavor, doesn't leave a yucky aftertaste, mild enough for my kids to enjoy, strong enough to freshen breath anyway. Great price on thrive: I include one or two in every single order so I never run out. That said, I would love to see an option for a bulk order...and peppermint in addition to the wintergreen and ginger!
These mints are mild but very good. Seems to do the trick when needed. Love um.
I love wintergreen but was afraid these would be too intense. They aren't! They are perfect. I will buy them again!!
These are the best mints Ive ever had. Used to sell them at our supermarket. No more. So Im getting them online now. Whatever it takes...
Wintergreen Mints...Newmans own
Horrible, tastes like medicine and more peppermint than wintergreen, threw them in the garbage...awful does not do it justice...waste of money.
These mints are so refreshing!! Knowing they aren't loaded with chemicals /I would rather not ingest makes them even better!
Very good and a great price here on Thrive. Love the wintergreen bite!
Tasty mints, refreshing with a zing- but not eye-watering strong.
Very good mints.
This is not your typical mint, it is subtle yet powerful, but not overwhelming. Hard to use just one.
Very good mints
These mints are great for keeping in my office drawer.
Newman's own Organic mints
Absolutely loved them. Does not leave a bad after taste. I will definitely buy again.
Taste good. Different texture butdoes the trick
I wish they were stronger but for an all natural mint they're great!
Love these mints
So good to get organic mints at a great price. Taste great and better for you than sugary mints that you don't know where they got the ingredients from.
Husband loves these
I'm not a big fan of Wintergreen but my husband loves these. Thrive please start stocking peppermint and spearmint!
Great flavor, Great mint
I started using mints when I realized my insane gum habit was probably the root of my jaw/headaches. But when I decided to eat better/more natural I started looking at the labels of the mints I was eating and was appalled!
Found these on Thrive and the flavor and price is amazing!! Thank you Thrive for this awesome product!!! One of my favorites so far from this site!
- Angela S.
These will from now on be a staple in my purse!
Not too strong. Just right!
The texture is a little chalky but I like the chalky texture! The flavor is good I just wish it was a little stronger, more minty would be nice! But overall it's a pretty great mint and I will definitely buy again from Thrive!
Mild but minty
For my dry, sensitive mouth these are perfect. Good mint flavor but not strong enough to burn in my mouth.
Favorite wintergreen mints
My daughter loves these mints and they are the only ones she'll touch. She says she likes that they aren't too strong and she loves the wintergreen flavor. I don't her these things very often but I do feel good when she does have them. They are much healthier than a lot of sweets and these have none of that high fructose corn syrup garbage.
These are really the perfect mint for anyone wanting a mint that is not as strong as Altoids.
- Gina Ealey
Not strong enough
These are not as strong as Altoids, which I love. However, I feel safer eating these since I am gluten free and some people claim Altoids aren't GF (the ones in the mini-containers aren't but I've seen nothing to show the regular container ones are).
They do freshen my breath, but I like a strong mint. I will stick with these until I find something stronger.
- R. Thomson
No high fructose corn syrup here. That is one of the things that turns me off about most mints. That and the gluten.
I know I am safe to eat these mints, they taste great and they really do freshen my breath. They even get rid of onion breath, which takes a lot of work!
- Heidi Wein
I can't say enough great things about these organic mints from Paul Newman and company! They taste great, are made with organic sweetener, and all other ingredients are natural as well. In fact, all of Newman's Own products are the best for the price. He really cares about what people eat!
Speaking of price, Thrive has all Newman's products at super low prices, delivered right to my door. So glad I have a Thrive Market membership, it saves me so much time and money. Thank you Thrive Store!
- Jaime Greene
Reduces Icky Breath
Found these on Thrive, and since they're about the same price as a regular package of mints, I thought I'd give them a try. These have a pretty good flavor. The mint sensation is really strong, and it leaves a nice, tingly feeling in my mouth. It leaves my breath feeling pretty fresh for about a half an hour, so it's fantastic to eating a couple after my morning coffees.
- Jillian D
Nice Wintergreen flavor
I've been a fan of wintergreen mints since I was kid. I used to inhale Lifesaver mints, but then I realized it was pure, refined sugar and that I wasn't doing my body well.
So I found Newman's Own mints which are made from organic sugar and organic corn syrup, in other words, naturally sourced sugar. They taste great, not as sweet as my Lifesavers, but healthier. I do miss the bigger kick from the Lifesavers, but the tradeoff is less sugar.
- Erin Jensen
Some good, some not so good
I like Newman's products, but these mints are kind of a mixed bag. I've bought cans that were very good, and others not so much.
Sometimes, I'll get a can with a bunch of mints that are bland tasting with almost no mint flavor at all. Then, there's another batch that are really strong and flavorful. Can't figure out what they're doing to make it so inconsistent.
- Elijah Johnson
I have two kids, so I'm trying to get them off as much candy as possible. I like Newman's Own mints because they're made from raw sugar and raw corn syrup, which means they're naturally derived.
The mints aren't too strong and my kids love them more than tic tacs or lifesavers. I don't mind letting them have them because there's nothing artificial in these mints.
- Edith J.
Great natural mints
I've always liked Newman's Own products for their quality and the philosophy behind them. I hadn't tried these, being an altoids fan, but Thrive has them for a really good price. They're about $2.35 per can on Amazon, so you're saving almost a dollar with Thrive.
These are good mints, strong, but not overpowering. They don't burn my mouth like altoids can sometimes, and they have a light, refreshing taste.
- Elbert Jacobs
I am a mint-aholic. I often eye the Altoids, but some of their ingredients scare me. When I found these Newman's Own Organics wintergreen mints I was excited.
Wintergreen is one of those flavors that remind me of childhood. I remember wintergreen mints from my grandma. Now I can have them and know that they are safe and the ingredients are natural.
- Pam T.
Trying to give up Altoids and these mints are a nice organic substitute. Good flavor. Good price.
- Tamara Reed
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