There’s no doubt about it; our hot dogs, hamburgers and sandwiches would not be the same without mustard. The unique taste of mustard is what keeps people coming back for more and adding it to some of their favorite foods. Most people however, do not realize that mustard may actually have a far greater purpose than just making food taste better.
Mustard is made from mustard seeds, and it’s these seeds that have been found to prevent different types of cancer. Mustard seeds are part of the Brassica plant group, and these seeds are packed with anti-cancer agents.
Curcumin is what gives mustard the yellow color that it is known for. Curcumin has also been shown to reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer. Studies show that another mineral found in mustard seeds, selenium, can cut a man’s chance of getting prostate cancer in half. Finally, there are anti-cancer agents that help to slow down the growth of cancerous cells, while protecting the good ones.
Mustard is an excellent and all-natural way to keep your body healthy and strong. Now that you know just some of the many benefits of mustard, you are probably eager to start using it on your food. But just how can you use mustard to prevent cancer?
First, stick to vegetables that are in the mustard family, such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, radishes, broccoli, kale, rutabagas, horseradish, and turnips. You can boil most of these veggies and serve them with olive oil or butter. Some of these veggies can be used in stir-fry recipes as well, or you can opt to use these veggies in a salad.
Second, do use yellow mustard when you can. Mustard is not only a natural anti-cancer agent, but it is also low in fat and calories. Mustard can be used on sandwiches to take the place of mayo. Mustard can also be used on a lot of grilled foods, such as hot dogs or burgers. Don’t forget to add mustard greens onto your sandwiches and burgers as well.
Third, mustard seed can be used to flavor foods including lamb or pork. Mustard seeds can also be found in such things as sauerkraut, curries and pickles. Don’t be afraid to switch up mustards as well, such as using brown mustards or yellow mustards. This has to do with the different mustard seeds that are being used, which gives brown and yellow mustards a unique taste.
Focus on getting about 4 servings a day to decrease your risk of certain cancers by 50 percent. To make this achievable, start your own garden in your backyard. Plant mustard seeds and other seeds that come from the Brassica family. You can then pick them when they are fresh and add them to salads, soups and sandwiches.