What would a hot dog be without mustard? Yellow mustard is one of the healthier aspects of that fat snack bar hot dog scarfed down during an all too brief Friday afternoon lunch break. Although mustard usually takes a back seat to ketchup in terms of popularity it has some interesting health properties that are worth a closer look. What are the health benefits of mustard
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What is Mustard?
The tangy yellow lime people call mustard is derived from the seeds of the mustard plant there are several types. When the seeds are ground they are mixed with vinegar along with other flavorings to make some of the many varieties of mustard found on grocery store shelves and in gourmet food stores. Mustards can vary in flavor from hot and fresh and sweet and mild depending on the type of seed and the ingredients added during preparation.
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It is the best condiment for Weight Watchers
Mustard is surprisingly low in calories. A teaspoon of yellow mustard has only three calories and no fat. It has the advantage over ketchup as most varieties have no added sugar while ketchup can be quite high in sugar and carbohydrates. Mustard is the condiment of choice for anyone trying to watch their weight. Their full flavor can make even the simplest recipe or food more palatable.
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It has anti-inflammatory properties
Most yellow mustard and many other varieties have tumeric added for flavor and color. Tumeric is a source of curcumin a compound having strong anti-inflammatory properties. Indeed curcumin is being studied for its role in reducing the risk of cancer especially breast colon and prostate.
Because curcumin has such strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties it can reduce joint pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis
. Some studies also show it helps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Curcumin is an up and coming spices in the scientific world and it is a component found in many mustards.
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Other Anti-Cancer Benefits
Mustard is a member of the Brassica family of vegetables a group containing highly appreciated vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage. These vegetables are known for their high amounts of glucosinolates compounds believed to have strong anti-cancer properties. Broccoli can be a polarizing vegetable but most people can still enjoy the health benefits of glucosinolates through a healthy portion mustard.
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How to get the health benefits of Mustard?
Explore the many mustard varieties available at your local grocery store as well as online. Pick up a few bottles and use it instead of ketchup and mayonnaise. It is one of the most versatile condiments around.