Like any good label reader, we took a close look at what’s inside your typical commercial mustard and compared it to the ingredients we use in our gourmet version. The health benefits of...well, “healthy mustard” might just surprise you.
How Healthy Is Your Mustard?
Do you have mustard in your fridge? If so, it’s most likely one of the major brands that you see in the grocery store on a regular basis. We’re all familiar with the usual suspects: French’s, Gulden’s, and all the other brands in between. Whether it’s yellow, deli-style, or dijon, odds are it contains a multitude of preservatives and other non-beneficial components.
One of the first ingredients on the French's honey mustard label is high fructose corn syrup, which is a processed artificial sweetener. In other words, it’s something that has no business being in mustard in the first place, or in any product for that matter. Also, chemicals like titanium dioxide are utilized to achieve the mustard’s color, however this color can be easily achieved through the use of natural ingredients.
We know this to be true because we only use natural ingredients in our two gourmet mustards: original whole seed and balsamic and fig. Not only are both of them made without anything artificial or processed, the two types of mustard contain ingredients that can be surprisingly beneficial to your health.
First and foremost, mustard seed is the main component in both types of our mustards, and are a “rich source of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium.” Mustard seeds are also, “...a good source of dietary folate and vitamin A”. (Source: organicfacts.net)
As we mentioned earlier, we (unlike commercial mustard makers) don’t use anything artificial, like high fructose corn syrup, in our products. There’s simply no need! We believe in the power of natural and wholesome ingredients, which is why we use honey to sweeten our mustards rather than something manufactured and unbeneficial. Most strikingly, honey is known for being “loaded with antioxidants that may help prevent cellular damage and loss within the brain”. Honey is also known to alleviate allergies, boost energy and memory, suppress coughs, and aid in sleep. “Honey has been utilized for its medicinal properties for over 2,000 years and continues its legacy as a multipurpose health aid.” Clearly, there’s plenty of reasons why it’s called liquid gold! (Source: www.medicaldaily.com)
Turmeric, which can be found in our original whole seed mustard, is another ingredient that is known for having palpable health benefits. It’s well known for having anti-inflammatory properties, which comes from a chemical found in turmeric called curcumin.
Our balsamic and fig whole seed mustard contains dried figs, another super-ingredient that is chock full of goodness on all levels. “Figs are high in natural sugars, soluble fiber, and minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper and are a good source of antioxidant vitamins A, E and K that contribute to health and wellness.” (Source: BBC Good Food)
Vinegar is yet another good-for-you ingredient that we put in both of our whole seed mustards. Fermented and pickled foods are all the rage right now due to their healthy reputation! Vinegar is known for being anti-microbial, full of anti-oxidants, and great for overall health. Just take a look at this article about the Top 10 therapeutic effects of vinegar. Technically speaking, “whole seed mustard” is really just another way to say “pickled mustard seed”!
Finally, the garlic that we put into our Balsamic and Fig whole seed mustard is sure to kick-start your wellbeing. It’s nutritious, good for heart health, and might just make you live longer too! It even contains a compound called Allicin, which has potent medicinal properties. (Source: AuthorityNutrition.com) In fact, garlic is so healthy that a pediatric surgeon we know used to eat fresh whole cloves of garlic for its heart healthy benefits!
How to Use Mustard in Everyday Cooking
Now that we’ve established that Little Acre mustards are not only heaps better for you than store-bought mustards but also actually beneficial to your health and well-being, how do you incorporate our mustards into your diet in a way that is good for you and tasty?
While you could just spoon it into your mouth, we recommend that you check out some of our awesome mustard recipes! There’s definitely something for everybody, so pick one and get to cooking! Whether you’re using Little Acre Original Whole Seed Mustard or Little Acre Balsamic and Fig Mustard, you are sure to savor both the gourmet flavors and the health benefits that accompany them.
Little Acre Gourmet Team