Regular Mustard versus Dijon Mustard

I enjoy mustard a lot. It is my favorite condiment as it gives my food an extra flavor. But I always wondered what are the exact differences between regular yellow mustard and the Dijon mustard.

For those who do not know, mustard comes from the seeds of a mustard plant, and it is made by mixing those seeds with vinegar, water, spices and flavorings. I am interested in highlighting the differences between Dijon mustard and yellow mustard as these two are the main kinds of mustard we usually buy.

Dijon Mustard

Its origin goes back to 1865 when Mr. Jean Naigeon modified the traditional recipe of mustard. Instead of using vinegar, Naigeon used verjuice (which is the acidic juice of ripe grapes) in his recipe, and Dijon mustard came into being with this sharp spicy taste.  Nutrition-wise, one teaspoon of Dijon mustard provides you with 5 calories and 120 milligrams of sodium, which is considered slightly high (especially for people with high blood pressure).  Dijon mustard also has neither iron nor vitamins.

Yellow Mustard

This is the most popular and widely used type of mustard. It is also called the ‘American Mustard’. Vinegar is not substituted for something else and that makes it milder and less spicy than the Dijon type. One teaspoon provides you with 5 calories and 56 milligrams of sodium (less than the Dijon mustard).

Personally I prefer the yellow mustard over the Dijon type which is sharper and has a more tangy taste.

A special note about mustard as well, is that the yellow one tends to increase body metabolism by 20 percent if one tablespoon if consumed daily.

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