These lovely little leaves not only freshen your breath, but they're great for digestion, too! Soothing, they help ease indigestion, inflammation, nausea and headache. They've also been shown to be beneficial for asthma patients (though too much can be irritating as well) and those suffering from congestion. Mint is the family that peppermint, spearmint, and other mint types fall under, but in savory cooking, spearmint is the most common.

Selection Process

Many people choose to grow mint in their gardens or in pots as they're a fairly easy herb to grow and can survive harsh seasons. You can also find mint leaves in the produce aisles of a variety of supermarkets; look for fragrant, bright green leaves that are not wilted or turning black.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 tbsp (11.4 g)

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 5.0

% Daily Value*

Total fat 0.1g 0.1%

Saturated Fat 0.0g 0.1%

Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%

Sodium 3.4mg 0.0%

Total Carbs 1.0g 0.3%

Dietary Fiber 0.8g 3.1%

Protein 0.4g

Vitamin A 9.2% Vitamin C 2.5%
Calcium 2.3% Iron 7.5%
Vitamin D 0.0% Thiamin 0.6%
Riboflavin 1.2% Niacin 0.5%
Vitamin B-6 0.9% Folate 3.0%
Vitamin B-12 0.0% Panto. acid 0.3%
Phosphorus 0.7% Magnesium 1.8%
Zinc 0.8% Copper 1.4%
Manganese 6.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.