Formal name Breathsavers
Classification Breath mint
Description Breath mint
Form Disk
Volume 1.4cm³
Mass 1.8g
Density 1.3 g/cm³
Ingredients Sorbitol, magnesium stearate, artificial flavor, aspartame, medium chain triglycerides, zinc gluconate, artificial color, polysorbate 80
Nutrition Information Per mint: calories 5, fat 0g, sodium 0mg, carbohydrates 2g, sugars 0g, protein 0g
Active Ingredients None (but see Neutrazin section in main article)
Flavors Peppermint, Spearmint, Wintergreen, Vanilla Mint, Citrus Mist.
3 hour mints are available in Peppermint and Spearmint only.
Sugar Free? Yes
Manufacturer The Hershey Company
Year introduced 1978
Slogans / Taglines
Related products None
Hazards Phenylalanine (in Aspertame); Food coloring
Breathsavers is a brand of mint manufactured by the Hershey Company. Breathsavers were introduced in 1978.


Breathsavers are modified disks. They are packaged in two different ways:

  • In the traditional packaging, as a cylindrical roll. 12 mints are contained in each roll.
  • In a new form, "Breathsavers 3 Hour Mints", sold in a disc-shaped metal can.

Not a true disk, a Breathsaver is beveled at the outer edges and has a shallow depression in the center, on both sides. Each Breathsaver is counterembossed on one side with the legend "BREATH SAVER" in raised letters about 3mm tall in a circular pattern around the center.


The mints are advertised as containing "Neutrazin", an ingredient claimed to neutralize bad breath. It is not stated which ingredients of the ingredient list (see infobox) comprise Neutrazin.


The main ingredient found in Breathsavers is sorbitol. It has been known to cause gas, stomach cramps, mild to severe diarrhea and several other side affects. It is not stated how much sorbitol is in a serving but doses as little as 10g have been found to cause diarrhea, bloating, and abdominal pain. It is not recommended to consume more than 3-4 mints in any short period of time.


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