Mustard and Weight Loss
When you attempt to lose weight, it's often important to familiarize yourself with the calories you burn versus those you consume through your diet. Increasing your physical activity while cutting down on your caloric intake is the key to weight loss. Although you might make smart dietary choices, it's easy to unknowingly increase your caloric intake through the addition of many condiments. Mustard, however, is an ideal choice because of its low caloric value.
A Low-Calorie Condiment
If you take care to make a sandwich with low-calorie bread, lean luncheon meat and low-calorie cheese, you might negate your vigilance by making the mistake of loading the sandwich with condiments that can easily add dozens of calories. Instead, opt for mustard. A 1.5-teaspoon serving of yellow mustard, with virtually no sugar, adds only 5 calories to your sandwich. Other condiments are higher in calories. A tablespoon of reduced-fat mayonnaise made with olive oil has 54 calories, and a tablespoon of ketchup has 19 calories. One tablespoon of sweet relish has 20 calories.
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Losing Weight
- U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Mustard, Prepared, Yellow
- U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Mayonnaise, Reduced Fat, With Olive Oil
- U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Catsup
- U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Pickle Relish, Sweet
Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.