Mustard is a nutritionally rich, metabolism-boosting spice.

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Mustard is often enjoyed as a simple condiment atop hot dogs and burgers at a tailgate party, yet this subtle seed can pack a punch when used to support weight loss efforts. A variety of mustards exist, from standard yellow to Dijon, spicy mustard and whole grain mustard as well. A combination of these three can help boost flavor and fat burning effects in your diet.


Crushed mustard seeds are added to a liquid such as water, wine, vinegar, beer or a combination of several of these liquids, along with seasonings and perhaps other flavorings to create mustard. In the ninth century, French monasteries were discovering considerable income through their mustard preparations, and the world began to take notice. By the 13th century, mustard was one of the items offered by Parisian sauce-hawkers, who perfected the art of creating mustard and sold it throughout the region.


Mustard is very low in calories, but ample in flavor and nourishment. Using this condiment in abundance on your burgers and hot dogs is a great start, but think outside the box and add mustard to dressings, sauces and other recipes for an added boost. Eating even one teaspoon of a hot, spicy mustard can boost the metabolism 20 to 25 percent for several hours after eating, suggests scientists with England's Oxford Polytechnic Institute.


Using mustard as a weight loss aid must be combined with a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet. Eating more mustard in and of itself will not help you achieve dramatic weight loss; it is simply an additional tool to support your lifestyle of healthy eating. Enjoy mustard at lunch and dinner, using it atop meats and cheeses in sandwiches, or as a dressing over a mixed salad. Just one teaspoon or two of toasted mustard seed can add spice and depth to curries, bean dishes, and spice rubs for meat, especially fish and chicken.


As you add mustard to your everyday healthy food choices, consider other low-calorie, metabolism-boosting herbs and spices to keep meal planning fun and exciting. Ginger, cayenne pepper, turmeric and red chili peppers all increase thermogenesis, or the process of heat production in mostly warm-blooded animals, and help with weight loss, suggests TheFatLossAuthority.com.


The nutritional significance of mustard seeds is paramount to weight loss as well, from the amino acid tryptophan--which supports relaxation, restfulness and sleep--to selenium; omega 3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation; and minerals such as manganese, magnesium, calcium, zinc, niacin and phosphorus. A small amount of protein is also available in mustard seeds, which supports lean muscle mass and weight loss, suggests Diet.LoveToKnow.com.


Mustard is extremely low in sodium, therefore reducing water retention and bloating. Mustard is low in saturated fat, and cholesterol as well. With reasonable protein levels, mustard supports lean body mass and satiety, all supportive factors that relate to weight loss. Dietary fiber is another great dietary element that support weight loss, as a bulking agent in the body to push waste out of the body in a timely way. Mustard is a good source of fiber, and many vitamins and minerals that build immune strength and sustain healthy weight loss, suggests NutritionData.Self.com.