Mustard seeds are small round seeds obtained from the mustard plant. They come from one of the three different plants such as black mustard, red/brown mustard, and yellow mustard.
Brown mustard seeds come from the Brassica juncea plant. It is also often called Chinese mustard or Indian mustard. There are different varieties of brown mustard seeds, ranging from those with a dark brown seed coat to others that are dark yellow.Yellow mustard comes from the seeds of the white mustard plant, Sinapis alba. The white mustard plant bears light tan seeds that are a little larger than brown mustard seeds. These end up as the bright yellow mustard due to the addition of turmeric or dye.
Go for clean mustard seeds without any dust in them. You can choose among many varieties available in the market.
Mustard seeds can cause skin allergy due to their heating effect. Uncooked mustard seeds contain goitrogens which may interfere in the functioning of thyroid gland.(2)
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