Mustard, the healthiest condiment

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

By: Jeff Ash


August is National Sandwich Month, sandwiching a bunch of more specific food celebrations around all those dog days of summer.


Saturday, August 11, is National Panini Day. Definitely a sandwich.

Thursday, August 16, is National Bratwurst Day. But is that a sandwich?

Thursday, August 23, is National Cuban Sandwich Day. Again, definitely a sandwich.

Monday, August 27, is National Hamburger Day. Again, is that a sandwich?


Regardless of how you define a sandwich – and that’s a debate some folks relish – each one of these could use one thing. Mustard.


In addition to adding some snap to your sandwich, mustard is one of the healthiest condiments.


Mustard has fewer calories than ketchup, sweet relish or mayonnaise. Flavored mustards, such as honey mustard or beer mustard, also are low in calories, but they do have more calories than brown or yellow mustard. Read the label.


Mustard seeds – from which all mustards are made – are high in selenium and magnesium. Those are trace minerals that have strong anti-inflammatory properties and help manage symptoms of asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure and migraines. Mustard seeds also are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, phosphorus, copper and vitamin B1.


Mustard seeds are rich in phytonutrients that break down to produce isothiocyanates, which help reduce chronic inflammation. They also can help prevent or slow the growth of colon or colorectal cancer.


By the way, the first Saturday of August – the 4th – is National Mustard Day.


So which mustard is best? That’s your call.

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