Peppermint is considered one of two quintessential mint varieties next to spearmint. Hortela is another name for Peppermint. There are several varieties of Peppermint. The two chief, the so-called 'Black' and 'White' mints are the ones extensively cultivated. Botanically there is little difference between them, but the stems and leaves of the 'Black' mint are tinged purplish-brown, while the stems of the 'White' variety are green, and the leaves are more coarsely serrated in the White.
Peppermint is the most important mint among all mint varieties. Its volatile oil is extracted for multiple applications expanding beyond the culinary landscape. Peppermint is an essential ingredient in candies, chewing gum, toothpaste, candles, extracts and compounds.
Fresh peppermint Nutrition Facts: Calories, Carbs, and Health BenefitsTweet
Fresh peppermint is composed of 78.65% water, 14.89% carbohydrates, 3.75% protein, and 0.94% fat. 100g of fresh peppermint will give you with 14.89 grams of carbohydrates. It is equal to 11.45 percent of the 130 grams of carbohydrates you need on a daily basis, according to the Institute of Medicine (US). That same in a 100 gram amount, fresh peppermint supplies 70 calories and is a very rich source of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), Vitamin A (total, RAE), and Vitamin B9 (folate, DFE) (42.4%, 30.29%, and 28.5% of the Daily Value, respectively). So if you have fresh peppermint in your diet, it helps your body to absorb iron from food and defend itself more naturally since vitamin C is an antioxidant, reduce probability of heart disease by fighting cholesterol, improve the efficiency of lymphocytes (or white blood cells) to heal wounds and it is effective against gout (a type of arthritis) attacks by reducing blood uric acid levelsdementia since vitamin C impacts memory positivelythe occurrence of cancer. At the same time it contains a considerable amount of Manganese, Copper and Iron attaining 65.33%, 36.56% and 28.22% of the Daily Value in a 100 g (3.5 Oz), respectively.