Soap Scum Mints?

I had some lasagna for lunch yesterday and didn’t want everyone I was meeting with to have to share it so I stopped by the cafeteria at work and bought a package of mints. They only had one kind so I grabbed them on the run and headed off to my meeting. As I sat in my seat and tried to open the package I had just purchased, I thought I would glance at the calories just to see if I was going to have to record these calories in my iPhone App. As I did I noticed that these mints only listed three ingredients Xylitol, Natural Flavors, and Magnesium Stearate. The meeting was less than invigorating so I decided to look up what the heck Magnesium Stearate is. This is what Wikipedia said. “Magnesium Stearate is a major component of “bathtub rings.” When produced by soap and hard water, magnesium stearate and calcium stearate both form a white solid insoluble in water, and are collectively known as “soap scum.”” What???? I am sucking on a bathtub ring? Who decided this was the ingredient to use in a mint? What there no Guar gum or some other unknown substance you could have used? This won’t stop me from eating them but every time I do I am going to think about how my shower needs a cleaning!

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