Why am I Craving Mustard? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: If you accidentally ate mustard, you may feel a burning sensation in your mouth, throat or stomach, due to the mustard oil that it contains.

Mustard is a condiment made from the seeds of a mustard plant, mixed with water, vinegar, salt and other ingredients.

It has a strong, pungent and bitter taste and is used to flavor meats, vegetables, cheeses and other dishes.

If you accidentally ate mustard, you may experience a burning sensation in your mouth, throat or stomach, depending on how much you consumed and how sensitive you are to spicy foods.

This is because it contains mustard oil, which is made from a chemical compound called allyl isothiocyanate.

This compound is responsible for the hot and irritating effects of mustard and other plants in the same family, such as horseradish and wasabi.

Allyl isothiocyanate can have positive or negative effects on your health, depending on the dose and frequency of exposure.

On one hand, it can act as an antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anticancer and neuroprotective agent, by modulating various cellular and molecular pathways.

On the other hand, it can also cause tissue damage, inflammation, allergic reactions and respiratory problems, especially if inhaled or ingested in large amounts.

It is quite uncommon to eat mustard by itself, due to its strong and unpleasant taste.

Most people use it as a condiment or an ingredient in small amounts, to enhance the flavor and aroma of other foods.

However, some people may crave mustard for various reasons, such as a preference for spicy and savory foods, a lack of certain minerals and vitamins, or a desire for variety and novelty.

You can soothe the burning sensation caused by mustard by drinking milk, yogurt, or other dairy products, which can neutralize the allyl isothiocyanate and coat the affected areas.

You can also try eating bread, rice, or other starchy foods, which can absorb some of the mustard oil and reduce its contact with your mucous membranes.

If you have a severe reaction, such as difficulty breathing, swelling, or hives, you should seek medical attention immediately, as you may have an allergy to mustard or its components.

To avoid accidental eating of mustard, you should store it in a clearly labeled container, away from other similar-looking or -tasting foods.

You should also check the ingredients list of any food products that may contain mustard, such as sauces, dressings, marinades, soups, and snacks.

If you are dining out, you should ask the staff about the presence of mustard in any dishes that you order, and request to have it omitted or served separately, if possible.

Finally, remember, mustard is a versatile and nutritious condiment that can add flavor and health benefits to your diet, but it can also cause discomfort and harm if consumed in excess or by mistake.

Therefore, you should use it sparingly and cautiously, and be aware of your own tolerance and preferences.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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