Horseradish – A Healthy Sandwich Condiment

Horseradish is a very healthy sandwich condiment and it packs such a unique and distinctive flavor.

So flavorful, yet horseradish  has zero fat.  One tablespoon of prepared horseradish has only 6 calories, is low in carbohydrates and sodium and is a good source of potassium and calcium.  And did we already mention this condiment has zero fat?

The Horseradish Information Council suggests adding prepared horseradish to mayonnaise or salad dressing for sandwiches.  Also add horseradish to deli items such as coleslaw, baked beans and potato salad.  You can also substitute prepared horseradish for butter and salt as a veggie topper.

According to recent guidelines on obesity from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), in addition to horseradish, mustard and salsa should be on your list of healthy sandwich condiments.  These three condiments receive high marks for their low-fat, high-flavor qualities.

Some people love putting a dollop of horseradish on their steamy roast beef sandwich (please read  our Beef On Weck Sandwich post). This natural taste-enhancer may also be a useful food preservative.

Agricultural Research Service food technologist Henry Fleming and Oklahoma State University food chemist Brian Shofran proved both horseradish and mustard oil pack a punch against Listeria, E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus and other food pathogens you definitely don’t want in your sandwich.

That’s because these condiments contain a pungent chemical called allyl isothiocyanate (AITC). Mustard oil has 93 percent AITC, while horseradish has 60 percent AITC.

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