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Health Benefits of Mustard

From spicy gourmet mustard to plain yellow, many people enjoy the pungent flavor of mustard. You might enjoy mustard on your hot dogs, hamburgers, pretzels, and other foods, but did you know mustard is pretty good for you as well? Mustard provides a range of health benefits, some of which might surprise you.

Mustard seeds come from the mustard plant, which typically grows to around 10 feet and is a member of the Brassica foods found in the cruciferous plant family, which includes broccoli, cabbage, and other incredibly healthy vegetables. Mustard, in one form or another, has been used for over 3000 years, starting with when it was being grown and used in China, then spreading many decades later to Europe and the rest of the world. There are three main varieties of mustard seed: white, brown, and black. The white type is the mildest. Mustard is used both medicinally and in the kitchen to prepare foods.

Mustard has been used to treat headaches, cold and coughs, asthma and other respiratory problems, lack of appetite, menopause, and other conditions. Some methods used to treat such afflictions include mustard baths, applying mustard powder mix or paste to the skin or chest area, a mustard tea, or by other consumption methods.

Mustards contain abundant amounts of phytonutrients and contains a good supply of omega-3s, iron, zinc, calcium, manganese, magnesium, fiber, protein, selenium, tryptophan, and some B vitamins. Mustard seed has been researched for its anti-cancer effects, and has been shown to be an anti-inflammatory agent.

Young children under the age of 5 and those suffering from untreated or pre-existing thyroid conditions may want to avoid mustard. According to WHFoods.com, "[m]ustard seeds contains goitrogens, naturally-occurring substances in certain foods that can interfere with the functioning of the thyroid gland." Also, if administered for a prolonged period of time, mustard can produce somewhat toxic and/or irritating effects, so limit prolonged use when using medicinally.

Mustard can be used as a dipping sauce, marinade, or salad dressing. Simply combine with any of the following to make your own mustard concoctions: wine, oil, lemon juice, chopped scallions, garlic, and other herbs and vegetables of your choice. Of course, it is popularly used as a condiment for a variety of foods. It can be used to enhance the flavors of many savory dishes such as chicken, salmon, and other meats and fishes, potatoes, beans, and other vegetables, and also with spicy breads and crackers.

Obviously there are many purposes and uses for mustard. It contains a bit much of sodium typically when it's prepared, but it also contains very few calories and very many nutrients. ...And you thought mustard was just a condiment!

Sources:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid =106

http://www.articlesbase.com/alternative-medicine-articles/mustard-health-benefits-589715.html

http://www.indianfoodforever.com/mustard.html

http://www.liveandfeel.com/medicinalplants/mustard.html

(Content originally published at Yahoo! Contributor Network [Associated Content], a site no longer in operation.)


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Comments

Bethany1202 wrote on October 6, 2014, 1:17 PM

It sure is hard to know for certain sometimes, seems like things are always changing...

MegL wrote on October 6, 2014, 1:23 PM

I love to add mustard to the white sauce I prepare when making macaroni cheese. It really enhances the flavour of the cheese sauce. emoticon :smile:

paigea wrote on October 6, 2014, 1:45 PM

Mustard is one of my favourite flavourings. I use it in salad dressings and sauces.

Scorpie wrote on October 6, 2014, 2:16 PM

I love mustard if there is no hot pepper around. There are some mustards in Chinese dishes that will light your fire.

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 6, 2014, 6:06 PM

I like mustard on hamburgers, hot dogs and sandwiches but I do know some people who will dip french fries in mustard and to me that is odd.

bestwriter wrote on October 6, 2014, 8:06 PM

Who can deny the taste of a salad that has mustard paste in it? Without knowing the benefits of mustard we use it in our curries. Every single vegetable that we prepare is garnished with mustard.

Thanks for the input.

LoudMan wrote on October 6, 2014, 9:45 PM

I just might be the only person I know who loves mustard on turkey. Mmmm.

BarbRad wrote on October 7, 2014, 4:15 AM

Fro some reason, I have never liked most condiments, and mustard is one I don't use. I only use it as one seasoning in my baked beans. My yard, though, grows a great crop of wild mustard every year.

allen0187 wrote on October 7, 2014, 8:02 PM

I'm a big mustard fan and I'm glad that now I have more reasons to enjoy my most favorite condiment in the world!!!

AngelSharum wrote on October 14, 2014, 3:04 PM

I never knew it could interfere with thyroid function. I do eat mustard, but only occasionally.

Bethany1202 wrote on October 15, 2014, 12:36 PM

When I used to eat meat as a child I liked turkey with meunster cheese and mustard.

Linda-From-US wrote on October 15, 2014, 5:52 PM

Interesting. I never knew mustard had some many health benefits. I will have to try to get mom to eat more of it. She needs to gain weight and she has a lot of headaches.

tinamarie wrote on October 15, 2014, 7:38 PM

I love mustard and use it instead of Mayo, We have a local restaurant that offers gluten free bread and I will get one of their BLT's and say Mustard please... you should see the look on their face.

idyll wrote on October 21, 2014, 3:16 AM

i like mustard and always ask to add honey mustard for my subway sandwiches.

maxeen wrote on November 29, 2014, 2:06 PM

I prefer English mustard and put it in most things that I prepare.