The Sneaky Reason Why Tic Tacs Can Say ‘Sugar Free’ (When They Really Aren’t)
You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn’t tried an infamous Tic Tac mint. These well-known breath-fresheners have been around since 1969, and they have been popular due to their fun containers and low calories.
In fact, the name “Tic Tac” comes from the sound of when the iconic box is opened and closed. However, despite the popularity of the mint, it’s a common misconception that Tic Tacs don’t contain sugar.
Although the label describes Tic Tacs as containing 0 grams of sugar, Tic Tacs are not actually sugar-free, and you can blame this little trick on serving size. Here’s what the company says on their website:
“Tic Tac® mints do contain sugar as listed in the ingredient statement. However, since the amount of sugar per serving (1 mint) is less than 0.5 grams, FDA labeling requirements permit the Nutrition Facts to state that there are 0 grams of sugar per serving.”
You might want to think twice about popping a bunch of these mints without question, as a box of these mints can add up!
Here are some other fun facts about Tic Tacs:
- Tic Tacs are white in other countries — even flavors such as orange and cherry.
- The grape flavor was eliminated because of the dangers of the dye FD&C Red #2, which is a carcinogen.
- 45 percent of the world’s production of Tic Tacs is in Cork, Ireland.
- Their original name was “refreshing mints.”
- The mints don’t contain any GMO ingredients.
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