If your mints are sweetened with xylitol, they may help keep you safe from Covid-19.
Xylitol is an antimicrobial, and in the same way that xylitol prevents rhinosinusitis -- the inflammation of the spaces around the nasal pathways -- xylitol may prevent Covid-19. In addition, xylitol has been shown to reduce vial infections caused by hRSV.
Xylitol is a sugar substitute that has been shown to decrease your risk of respiratory infections. It has a similar sweetness to sugar, but contains 40% fewer calories.
Technically, xylitol is a carbohydrate, but doesn't raise blood sugar levels. It scores only 7 on the glycemic index -- that's less than lettuce and broccoli. This sugar substitute has beneficial effect on the microbiome and, together with it's antimicrobial and dental benefits, makes it the sweetener of choice for people with diabetes.
Zellies are my favorite xylitol products.