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Natural Peppermint Flavor

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Nov 6, 2023.

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Natural peppermint flavor is a natural flavor, derived from mint leaves to mask or impart taste to medications, or to flavor other items such as chewing gum or toothpaste. A flavor, as used in the pharmaceutical industry for inactive ingredients, refers to natural or artificial tastes, which may include fragrances and colors of the flavoring. Flavors are used for orally consumed products such as syrups, chewable tablets, suspensions, or gums that impart beneficial therapeutic effect, as well.

The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations describes a natural flavorant as: the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.[1]


  1. The Code of Federal Regulations. Title 21. Food and Drugs. Vol. 2. 2010-04-01. 101.22. Foods; labeling of spices, flavorings, colorings and chemical preservatives.

Further information

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