Monday, January 4, 2010

Candy Cane Overload

Although it’s now January and the holiday season has come to a close, you may find yourself still surrounded by sweet treats in your home or office. But one of those is actually not so bad for you after all.

“If you're feeling like you’re in candy cane overload, it's OK,” said Amanda Jillson, assistant director of fitness and instructional programs at TRAC. “The peppermint oil in candy canes has been found to have health benefits. Peppermint kills germs, so during this cold and flu season, it’s the perfect time to have a candy cane.”

Another property of candy canes is that they are known to be appetite suppressants, Jillson said. Having a peppermint candy cane will help curb your appetite, which could also benefit a New Year’s goal of losing weight.

Studies have shown that peppermint can help relieve headaches and in general, can be used to help stimulate the body and mind.

Peppermint also aids with digestion, calming your digestive tract. Peppermint is used for indigestion and distress of the gastrointestinal tract.

“So candy canes are yummy for your tummy and make your tummy yummy,” Jillson said with a laugh.

And don’t feel like you need to toss out your leftover candy canes after winter makes its exit for the year either.

“You can use them for a sweet treat during allergy season because peppermint candy canes help with your allergies and asthma,” Jillson said. “So when you’re feeling bombarded with candy canes, know that they're not just for the holidays; they're perfect for any time of year.”


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