Would you believe researchers at a West Virginia university say the scent of mint is an appetite suppressant! In their research, people who chewed a piece of minty gum or applied a mint-scented lotion when they had an urge to snack throughout the day, consumed around 3,000 calories less per week. Struggling with weight or snacking? Why not try it? What have you got to lose??? 3000 less calories per week is almost a pound of weight loss per week.