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Why Mustard is the Ultimate Condiment

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You probably  already love mustard for its ability to add a kick of spicy, vinegary flavor to just about any sandwich, meat, or dressing. But, did you know it’s also super good for you?

Made from ground mustard seeds, this favorite hot dog (nitrite free of course) topper is always an “it” condiment due to it being low in calories and nutrient dense. Every squeeze will give you a dose of essential minerals like magnesium and hard-to-find selenium, as well as powerful antioxidants and phytonutrients such as:

Glucosinolates: a group of compounds found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and mustard, that are broken down during digestion into several health-promoting compounds. Two glucosinolates found in mustard are:

  • Sinigrin: current research shows its potential anti-cancer, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties.
  • Isothiocyanate: a phytonutrient that may prevent cancer cells from growing and spreading. In this study completed in mice, isothiocyanate successfully inhibited the growth of bladder cancer cells. 

While basic mustard is typically made with simple ingredients like ground mustard seeds, vinegar, lemon, and salt, you can also find unexpected (and tasty!) varieties to take your meals to the next level. Just be sure to look out for some not-so-healthy additions like excess sodium, sugar, artificial ingredients and unhealthy preservatives. 

Whether you like your mustard drizzled onto hot dogs, smeared onto sandwiches, or stirred into dressings, you’ll want to check out these super delicious mustards for a boost of flavor and nutrients. Needless to say, you’ll be doing your taste buds and your health a favor next time you reach for the mustard. Ketchup, who?

Plochman’s Spicy Hot Horseradish Mustard

Horseradish not only adds an extra spicy kick to this brown mustard, but it also provides another dose of glucosinolates. Double up on this health-promoting group of compounds and enjoy this mustard’s unmatched taste. 

Terrapin Dill Pickle Mustard

It’s the combo you never knew you needed until now. Crave-worthy dill pickle meets smooth Dijon mustard and creates a condiment you’ll love on anything from sandwiches to potato salad. 

TruffleHunter Black Truffle Mustard

This mustard can even make a hot dog taste gourmet. Mineral-rich black truffle adds a delicate savory flavor that will add next-level depth to any dish. And, you’ll definitely impress your friends with this one. 

Woeber’s Jalapeno Mustard

Try this mustard when you want some Mexican flair. Simply made with mustard seed, salt, spices, and jalapeno peppers, you can be confident you’re getting delicious flavor without any artificial preservatives or additives. Perk up any dish with just a smear of this mustard.

Fallot Walnut Dijon Mustard

Heart-healthy walnuts bring a super delicious nutty flavor to this mellow mustard. Try this one when you want a unique mustard that you can use on just about anything. 

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