Tic Tac: food dye content

July 7, 2011 |

Tic Tac Orange, artificially flavored mints; net weight 1 OZ, (29 g). Less than 2 calories per mint. Made in CANADA. Let us see what is inside.


Tic Tac: Risk, Nutrition and Dye Content
Tic Tac: Risk, Nutrition and Dye Content

In fact this product is NOT too bad. You get only 7 mg of FD&C Yellow 6 from the whole container (see Studies on Food Dyes).  For instance, dried papaya with its ~0.3 g of combined Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 colors per 311 g container (that is about 1 mg of the dye per 1 g of food) looks much more like a “dye diet”. In addition Carnauba wax and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) may produce a beneficial antioxidant effect. However, despite FIVE nutrients and not so high DDFI this candy is still of low nutritional value, DDNF ~ 0.7 only. So YOU decide if you want to take a relatively lower risk with the Tic Tac mints (See Behavior, Learning and Health; The Dietary Connection). But the DyeDiet “tic tactic” is NOT to buy it. 

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Category: Candy, Candy and snacks, Food Dyes Exposure

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  1. stuart gold says:

    yr cherry passion and lime & orange 18g size, how many of these packets could one eat in a day. I am 67 years, just gave up smoking 2 months ago and get a dry mouth so accordingly take tic tacs, I suppose I could get through 4 packets a day. How healthy or not healthy is taking this amount