Peppermint extract contains oil of peppermint that imparts a peppermint flavor to sweet or savory foods, and can also be used as a digestive aid. Peppermint extract comes in three varieties, each containing a negligible amount of calories.
Alcohol-based peppermint extract contains approximately 89 percent alcohol, the rest being water and oil of peppermint. A standard 1/4 tsp. serving contains no significant nutritional value. This means less than 0.5 calories per serving and less than 0.5 g of fat, alcohol, carbohydrate or protein per serving.
Alcohol-free peppermint extract contains glycerin -- a carbohydrate from coconuts -- water and peppermint oil. A 1/4 tsp. serving contains 9.4 calories per serving. One-hundred percent of the calories come from carbohydrate. Alcohol-free extract contains less than 0.5 g of fat or protein per serving.
Peppermint extract powder is prepared from peppermint oil, dextrose -- a form of carbohydrate -- and silicon dioxide to prevent caking. As with alcohol-based peppermint extract, a standard 1/4 tsp. serving contains no significant nutritional value, including less than 0.5 g of fat, carbohydrate or protein.
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Heather Gloria began writing professionally in 1990. Her work has appeared in several professional and peer-reviewed publications including "Nutrition in Clinical Practice." Gloria earned both a Bachelor of Science in food science and human nutrition from the University of Illinois. She also maintains the "registered dietitian" credential and her professional interests include therapeutic nutrition, preventive medicine and women's health.