Here are some ideas from the Horseradish Information Council, for expanding your mind and menu (not your waistline) using a spoonful of horseradish:
If you’re trying to lose weight, make sure horseradish, mustard and salsa are on your shopping list, advises recent guidelines on obesity from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). These condiments received high marks throughout the guidelines for their low-fat, high-flavor qualities.
NHLBI developed the guidelines with practical information on healthy eating and tips on shopping, eating and dining out. Consumers can reduce the time spent cooking healthy by using a shopping list and keeping a well-stocked kitchen. Mustard, salsa, low- and no-fat salad dressing top the list for quick low fat food items to fill kitchen cupboards. The Institute recommends horseradish, reduced-fat or fat-free salad dressing, mustard, fat-free or reduced-fat mayonnaise, reduced sodium soy sauce and salsa as convenient, low-fat condiments that can easily be added during preparation or at the table.
The first-ever federal guidelines developed by NHLBI in cooperation with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) are designed to help doctors care for overweight and obese patients – a public health problem that affects 97 million American adults – or 55% of the population.
Some people love putting a dollop of horseradish on their steamy roast beef. As it turns out, this natural taste-maker 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.