{"id":606155637042,"title":"Are Tic Tacs Bad for You? An Ingredient Analysis","created_at":"2023-08-29T23:50:11-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Are Tic Tacs Bad for You? An Ingredient Analysis\",\n \"keywords\": \"are tic tacs bad for you, are tic tacs good for you, tic tac ingredients, are tic tacs healthy, are tic tacs unhealthy\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team analyzes the ingredients in Tic Tacs based on medical studies to give our take on whether the popular candies are bad for you or not. 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The products are available at many convenience and grocery stores, and contain zero calories per serving.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eBut how can a mint containing sugar have zero calories? What other ingredients are in Tic Tacs and are they bad for you? And which flavor is the healthiest?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in Tic Tacs based on medical studies to give our take on whether this brand is bad for you or not.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll give our opinion on which Tic Tac flavor is the healthiest and why, and highlight our top healthy snack pick.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eIngredient Analysis\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"Tic Tac Orange ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Tic_Tac_Orange_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1693367496\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe ingredients in the Orange flavor of Tic Tacs are shown above.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eSugar\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the first ingredient, and a 2019 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31246081\/\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31246081\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e suggests that added sugar in excess is associated with increased risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut if sugar is the first ingredient, how can Tic Tacs claim to provide zero calories?\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe answer has to do with serving size. Tic Tacs have a serving size of one single piece, even though a container has 38 pieces. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eSo while the brand can list 0 calories per mint, the total container can have over 180 calories\u003c\/b\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.myfitnesspal.com\/food\/calories\/tic-tacs-watermelon-lime-853070600\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/www.myfitnesspal.com\/food\/calories\/tic-tacs-watermelon-lime-853070600\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eaccording to\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e MyFitnessPal.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eArtificial flavors\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e were shown to cause toxic effects to animals in a 2013 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/22317828\/\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/22317828\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, and the researchers concluded that “...it is advisable to limit the uses of these food colorants and\/or food flavor additives especially those used by children.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eNatural flavors\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e are a healthier option than artificial flavors, but still may have unhealthy effects in humans as we discussed in our article on \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/is-fresca-bad-for-you\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/is-fresca-bad-for-you\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eis Fresca bad for you\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eYellow 6\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is an artificial colorant found to be contaminated with carcinogens in a 2012 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/23026007\/\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/23026007\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall, we consider Tic Tacs to be bad for you because they’re essentially a blend of sugar and flavoring additives with no nutritional value.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut which flavor is the healthiest option? We’ll answer that question in the next section of this article.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWhich Tic Tac Flavor is the Healthiest?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"Tic Tac Freshmint ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Tic_Tac_Freshmints_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1693367476\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe ingredients in Tic Tac Freshmints are shown above.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis flavor still contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003esugar\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eartificial flavors\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003enatural flavors\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, all ingredients we consider questionable from a health perspective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHowever, it’s entirely free of artificial colors, making it the healthiest Tic Tac flavor in our opinion. Every other flavor that we came across on the brand’s website while researching this article contained artificial color(s).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSo while we don’t recommend Tic Tacs overall from a nutritional perspective, we would recommend this flavor over others for consumers intent on purchasing from the brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOur Healthy Sweets Recommendation\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Sweets_Image.png?v=1672650537\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eOur top healthy sweets brand is \u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/shareasale.com\/r.cfm?b=841453\u0026amp;u=3153363\u0026amp;m=64681\u0026amp;urllink=www%2Edaily%2Dharvest%2Ecom%2Fbrowse%2Fscoops%2Fcold%2Dbrew%2Droasted%2Despresso%2Dbean%2Dchip\u0026amp;afftrack=\"\u003eDaily Harvest Scoops\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eThis meal delivery service sells ice cream made entirely with whole food ingredients like \u003cstrong\u003edark chocolate\u003c\/strong\u003e (which is \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC9589144\/\"\u003eclinically shown\u003c\/a\u003e to support heart and brain health) and \u003cstrong\u003echaga\u003c\/strong\u003e (which is \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31209936\/\"\u003eclinically shown\u003c\/a\u003e to have anti-cancer and blood sugar supporting benefits).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eThere are no unhealthy additive ingredients like artificial sweeteners or artificial dyes in this product, and they taste great, too (we've tried them).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eInterested consumers can check out Daily Harvest Scoops \u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/shareasale.com\/r.cfm?b=841453\u0026amp;u=3153363\u0026amp;m=64681\u0026amp;urllink=www%2Edaily%2Dharvest%2Ecom%2Fbrowse%2Fscoops%2Fcold%2Dbrew%2Droasted%2Despresso%2Dbean%2Dchip\u0026amp;afftrack=\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e to the product page on the brand's official website.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTic Tacs are convenient and tasty, but may not be the healthiest option given that their first ingredient is refined sugar.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t consider Tic Tacs to be a good dieting option either, because while they provide 0 calories per serving, they provide over 100 calories per container due to a labeling discrepancy. Most people do not eat one single Tic Tac and that serving size seems unfair to consumers in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFreshmints is the healthiest Tic Tac flavor because it’s free of artificial colors.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBeyond sugar, most Tic Tac flavors also contain artificial flavors, natural flavors and one or more artificial colors.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-08-29T23:54:07-04:00","updated_at":"2023-08-29T23:57:39-04:00","summary_html":"We analyze the ingredients in Tic Tacs based on medical studies to give our take on whether the popular candies are bad for you or not. We explain how the label can say 0 calories even though they contain sugar, and highlight some questionable additive ingredients.","template_suffix":"","handle":"are-tic-tacs-bad-for-you","tags":"_related:nutrition"}

Are Tic Tacs Bad for You? An Ingredient Analysis

Are Tic Tacs Bad for You? An Ingredient Analysis


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Tic Tac is one of the most famous candy brands in the US. The products are available at many convenience and grocery stores, and contain zero calories per serving.

But how can a mint containing sugar have zero calories? What other ingredients are in Tic Tacs and are they bad for you? And which flavor is the healthiest?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in Tic Tacs based on medical studies to give our take on whether this brand is bad for you or not.

We’ll give our opinion on which Tic Tac flavor is the healthiest and why, and highlight our top healthy snack pick.

Ingredient Analysis

Tic Tac Orange ingredients

The ingredients in the Orange flavor of Tic Tacs are shown above.

Sugar is the first ingredient, and a 2019 medical review suggests that added sugar in excess is associated with increased risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. 

But if sugar is the first ingredient, how can Tic Tacs claim to provide zero calories?

The answer has to do with serving size. Tic Tacs have a serving size of one single piece, even though a container has 38 pieces. So while the brand can list 0 calories per mint, the total container can have over 180 calories according to MyFitnessPal.

Artificial flavors were shown to cause toxic effects to animals in a 2013 clinical trial, and the researchers concluded that “...it is advisable to limit the uses of these food colorants and/or food flavor additives especially those used by children.”

Natural flavors are a healthier option than artificial flavors, but still may have unhealthy effects in humans as we discussed in our article on is Fresca bad for you.

Yellow 6 is an artificial colorant found to be contaminated with carcinogens in a 2012 medical review.

Overall, we consider Tic Tacs to be bad for you because they’re essentially a blend of sugar and flavoring additives with no nutritional value.

But which flavor is the healthiest option? We’ll answer that question in the next section of this article.

Which Tic Tac Flavor is the Healthiest?

Tic Tac Freshmint ingredients

The ingredients in Tic Tac Freshmints are shown above.

This flavor still contains sugar, artificial flavors and natural flavors, all ingredients we consider questionable from a health perspective.

However, it’s entirely free of artificial colors, making it the healthiest Tic Tac flavor in our opinion. Every other flavor that we came across on the brand’s website while researching this article contained artificial color(s).

So while we don’t recommend Tic Tacs overall from a nutritional perspective, we would recommend this flavor over others for consumers intent on purchasing from the brand.

Our Healthy Sweets Recommendation

Our top healthy sweets brand is Daily Harvest Scoops.

This meal delivery service sells ice cream made entirely with whole food ingredients like dark chocolate (which is clinically shown to support heart and brain health) and chaga (which is clinically shown to have anti-cancer and blood sugar supporting benefits).

There are no unhealthy additive ingredients like artificial sweeteners or artificial dyes in this product, and they taste great, too (we've tried them).

Interested consumers can check out Daily Harvest Scoops at this link to the product page on the brand's official website.

Stay up-to-date on our research reviews

Conclusion

Tic Tacs are convenient and tasty, but may not be the healthiest option given that their first ingredient is refined sugar.

We don’t consider Tic Tacs to be a good dieting option either, because while they provide 0 calories per serving, they provide over 100 calories per container due to a labeling discrepancy. Most people do not eat one single Tic Tac and that serving size seems unfair to consumers in our opinion.

Freshmints is the healthiest Tic Tac flavor because it’s free of artificial colors.

Beyond sugar, most Tic Tac flavors also contain artificial flavors, natural flavors and one or more artificial colors.