Sunday, December 28, 2008

CANDY CANES Are Good For You!

Candy Canes Fight Germs, Settle Stomachs...

Dec. 24, 2008 - New studies on peppermint, the key flavoring in traditional candy canes, reveal the herb may do everything from kill germs to treat digestive troubles. Some researchers now advise consumers to eat a tablespoon or more of fresh peppermint, and other green herbs, daily. Peppermint oil, found in most candy canes, also appears to have health benefits. A recent British Medical Journal study, led by McMaster University researcher Alex Ford, concludes that peppermint oil should be the first line of defense against irritable bowel syndrome, a condition characterized by abdominal pain and irregular bowels that affects between 5 to 20 percent of the population. Peppermint oil, and other potent essential oils, may even one day be wafted in their vapor form over food to prevent the growth of bacteria.

How about that!
Enjoy the Candy Canes Santa brought you! xo

37 comments:

Cali Girl said...

i wish i liked them. lol.

The Cottage In The Curve said...

Oh dear I just threw all my candy canes away.

Hugs
Patti Cakes

TattingChic said...

Yum! I love candy canes. Whenever I had a stomach ache as a little girl my Mother used to make me peppermint leaf tea from the dried peppermint leaves from the garden. I think this information has been around since the 1800's but the studies on it are new.

Lorri said...

Now I know what to do with all of them! My problem is that I like the soft pepperment and it is full of sugar!

LADY JANES' EMPORIUM said...

I love candycanes! A short share....
Melt white almond bark,stir in a drop or two(or more if you really love peppermint) Crush candy canes...stir them into melted almond bark...spread thinly on wax or parchment paper! Let cool,then break into pieces for peppermint bark candy! MMMM!!!!! Remember the Fannie may pink candy mints? Tastes just like it!

Stephanie said...

I just read that on the internet news. I knew that the peppermint was a good stomach relaxer, but I didnt know they were that good for you?!
Interesting anyways :)

Jackie said...

Mmm Great post!
I have been drinking peppermint tea nightly.

Mimi Sue said...

I remember my grandma giving me a mint life saver when my tummy was upset when I was a little girl. It seemed to work pretty well. Mimi

Connie said...

That is absolutely true, chick!! Truly, it works for tummies.
Smocohes,
Connie

IsabellasCloset said...

Maryjane, Thanks so very much for this info.. I've had an upset tummy all day now. I'm off to find me a Candy Cane. Hope it works!
Happy New Year.
Hope you enjoy your new banner.
Hugs ~Mary~ :-}

Katmom said...

Hey MaryJane,
one of my favorite things to do w/ candy canes is to crush one up & sprinkle some of the crushed candy cane on top of my hot cocoa...oh yummy! oh and also good sprinkled on top of ice cream too! Hey I am an 'equal opportunity candy cane" muncher.... lol!
Happy New Year & lots of hugz to you & your family.
>^..^<

Kathleen from Eggs In My Pocket said...

Hi, I just read this on the internet! So glad I like them so much! blessings, Kathleen

Cori G. said...

I've still got candy canes left from last year...guess I better start eating them.
I hope you have a wonderful New Years Maryjane.

xo Cori

luckygirlgifts said...

Thanks for the great news about Candycanes!!
Thanks also for your kind comments on my blog.
Happy New Year!!
cari b

Kathleen said...

I guess peppermint Ice Cream would figure into this catagory too. Yumm! Now I have a great excuse to eat more. Thank you for sharing the info, Kathleen

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

I'm going to suck on one right now!
Happy New Year!

Deborah said...

I heard about this...isn't it WONDERFUL!

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

At least something that tastes good is good for us! I hope you have a happy new year!!
Hugs~Kelly

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Peppermint works good also for acid reflux .
Thanks for stopping by Maryjane.

Elyse said...

now there's some news i can use! now i don't feel so guilty about all of the peppermint bark! love the new banner, too! xo

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Maryjane,
Yum, I like candy canes. How about if we dip them in chocolate? Will it still be good for us? LOL
Love, Ann

bella shabby said...

Hi , Maryjane, Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet note. I'm enjoying reading your past posts. I'll definately be back as you have a whole list of blogs that are new to me! Happy New Year! Sue

The Vintage Housewife... said...

ooo goody goody i love a sweet lil' candy cane in my bubblin' hot cocoa...and the color...red my favorite...maybe we can have them in quartside...next to a wonderful fire...ooh what fun...i can't wait to get together...girl time...thanks for coming to my new year party 1940!!! i loved your dress...hee hee love ya cat~

suzanne said...

Well, i think i'll go have me a candy cane!
suzanne
Happy New Year!!!

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

LOL! I have been arguing some of these points for years! I mean, if peppermint tea could calm your upset tummy, why couldn't a candy cane?! Now I have something to print and shove into my in laws/hubbs face...err um I mean 'show" them. lol!

ECE AYMER said...

Hi Maryjane, You made my day by your comments on my blog!So you see how wonderful is being a blogger...You are in US and I am in Turkey but without knowing each other we can compliment and make our days! I will be one of your followers...Thanks again...

Michelle said...

Hi Maryjane!

I can't tell you how good it is to know that candy canes are good for you.....because I have TONS. :) I guess I will have to eat them all. Your little Samantha is adorable in her sweater! :) I love her hairdo. My family owned a dog grooming salon and I remember tying hair like that. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I love to crush up a few and sprinkle it over brownies just before they are popped in the over to bake~yum!

luthien said...

hello maryjane :)
thank you for the well wishes you left at my blog :) may you and your family have a wonderful 2009... filled with delightful surprises, good health and lots of joy :))))

Tiffani said...

mom,
that is great!
hope you have a fun new year!
love you! xo

Anonymous said...

I just have to tell you...I LOVE your blog!!!! I check in every couple of days & just find it so relaxing to spend a few minutes with you. I have loved all of your holiday things from Halloween to Christmas & your "Pink Days" just send my seven year old daughter Annika & I over the moon. Thank you for sharing.

My mom passed away back in 1991 & I was just 27 years old & your remind me of her in many ways.

Thanks!!! Laura

Rhondi said...

Hi Mary Jane
Candy canes are good for you? Wow.
I hope you have a wonderful 2009 full of fulfilled dreams and answered prayers.
Hugs, Rhondi

Claudie said...

It's 12:51 and I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year Maryjane.
Love from Canada
Claudie
xoxo

Ali said...

I suppose the therapeutic value depends if the canes made today have real peppermint in them...I kinda doubt it. But they still taste great!

All the best for 2009!

Ali @ A Cosy Life

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

That's very interesting! I didn't know that peppermint was so good for you. Great post and beautiful photo!
Patricia :o)

Happy New Year!

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

I love peppermint! My mother had a tradition of putting giant peppermint sticks in our stockings every Christmas. We looked forward to it. Now that my kids are older, I've started doing that, too. And they enjoy it as much as my siblings and I did!

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