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So I’ll be honest with you, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about Mustard Oil and if it’s okay to eat it. And the truth is, I really didn’t know much about this oil. Other than mustard I put on my Hot Dogs growing up, I had no clue what Mustard Oil was, if it’s dangerous or healthy, toxic or tasty.
The good news is that I’m going to give you a quick summary about it in today’s video and share with you what I’ve learned.
What Is It?
Mustard oil is made from pressing the seeds of a mustard plant to produce a spicy oil.
One reason I hadn’t heard much about it is because mustard oil is popular in Eastern cooking, although some American chefs have begun experimenting with the oil, which has a heat and distinctive flavor to it.
Banned By FDA
Real mustard oil, however, is actually banned for cooking uses by the FDA. This is because it contains an ingredient called erucic acid that has been shown to cause heart problems. Erucic acid is a fatty acid that it is not well metabolized. It’s considered a contaminant.
Essential Oil Only
However, the FDA does allow a different type of oil, called mustard essential oil, to be sold for cooking. Mustard essential oil is made from steam distillation of mustard seeds. It’s considered safe for use in cooking by the FDA.
Both mustard oil and mustard essential oil is used for massage, but only the “essential” version can be used for cooking.
However, there are some benefits to mustard essential oil.
Boosts Cardiac/Heart Health
Because it’s rich in both mono and polyunsaturated fats, it helps lower “bad” cholesterol and raise the “good”.
Contains Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties
Improves Hair Health
This is because it’s high in omega 3 fatty acids, which has anti inflammatory benefits
Reduces Pain Associated with Inflammation
Treats Gum Disease
Good For Skin
This is if you use it topically
I can tell you more, but let me just give you the bottom line for Mustard Oil.
Regular, unregulated mustard oil can be dangerous, so don’t bother using it. The “essential” oil version is much safer and you can even cook with it. However, I wouldn’t bother.
You can use it on your skin, it’s better and less risky than eating it. However, even with that I suggest using other oils – Emu, Almond, Coconut, etc.
So there you have it – an interesting oil, but there are much better, healthier and safer oils for you to use topically and in your foods.
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