Mustard powder is made by grinding up the seeds of the black, white or brown mustard plants. The ground-up seeds of the mustard plant are used as a spice in many cuisines and cultural dishes, but also might provide health benefits as well. Hot mustard powder can be made by adding spicy ingredients, such as chili powder, to the ground-up mustard seeds. More commonly, hot mustard powder is prepared in such a way that the natural compounds it contains take on a spicy or hot flavor.
A hot mustard powder paste can be used to relieve the congestion associated with colds, flu and other respiratory illnesses. Michael T. Murray, Joseph Pizzorno and Lara Pizzorno note in their book, "The Condensed Encyclopedia of Healing Foods," that mustard plaster is one of the oldest-known home remedies. Mix one part of hot mustard powder with three parts of flour. Add enough water to make a paste. Spread the paste on a pillowcase or piece of cheesecloth, fold in half and apply to the chest. Remove the paste after a short amount of time because it can cause skin blisters if left on too long.
Mustard seeds contain a variety of phytochemicals, which are substances that occur naturally in plants and help promote a healthy body. Murray, Pizzorno and Pizzorno report that ground mustard seeds, including those made into hot mustard, contain phytochemicals that have been linked to their anti-cancer properties. Glucosinolates and isothiocyanates are two of the primary phytochemicals present in hot mustard powder that might help reduce your risk of developing cancer.
A 1-tbsp. serving of hot mustard powder will flavor your foods with its bold taste, but will also supply you with small amounts of key nutrients. Hot mustard powder contains a small amount of protein and fiber, as well as vitamins and minerals; 1 tbsp. of hot mustard powder contains 17 mg of calcium, 0.58 mg of iron, 46 mg of potassium and 13.1 mcg of selenium. You will also get a tiny dose of vitamin C, folate and beta-carotene from a tablespoon of hot mustard powder.
Hot mustard powder can be used as a dry rub for raw chicken, steak or pork. Rub the spice into the meat before cooking to create a spicy and flavorful piece of meat. Hot mustard powder can also be sprinkled on cooked foods, such as potatoes or steamed vegetables, for enhanced flavor. Add hot mustard powder to homemade salad dressings, marinades or sauces as well to get the numerous benefits it has to offer.
- USDA Nutrient Database: Nutrient Data Laboratory
- "Condensed Encyclopedia of Healing Foods"; Michael Murray et al; 2006
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