Menthol Crystals is commonly used in both flavour and fragrance applications because of its unique cooling characteristics. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.
What Is Menthol Crystals?
Menthol Crystal is a food additive in the form of colorless needle or prism-like crystals, with an Asian peppermint scent, and an immediate hot taste that cools. It provides a minty flavor in chewing gum, candy, and other foods and sometimes is added to alcohol.
Possible Side Effects of Menthol Crystals
Menthol Crystal is generally considered a safe ingredient. The side effects may:
- Contact dermatitis
- Spasms of the glottis
GRAS Affirmation: Yes
Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) is an American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. Menthol Crystals is considered safe by FDA.
Special Populations Precaution
There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to Menthol Crystals populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Menthol Crystals.