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Mustard check at Ökotest: Glyphosate remains in every 2nd glass

17 of the 20 various mustard brand names got the quality “good” or “very good” from Ökotest (icon image)

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At the start of the bbq period, Ökotest evaluated different brand names of mustard. Most of them were ranked “good” or “very good”. However, the testers discovered glyphosate deposits in some items.

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Mustard is important in German food and also is utilized in several means. As an enhancement to sausages or barbequed meat, however additionally as an essential element in salad dressings and also sauces, it specifically boosts summer season food. At the start of the bbq period, Öko-Test evaluated 20 medium-hot mustard brand names, consisting of natural items and also warehouse store brand names. With a general excellent outcome: no mustard ratings even worse than “satisfactory”, 17 out of 20 are also “good” and also “very good”. However, the testers found glyphosate in some items.

The use natural mustard is rewarding

Mustard is offered as a natural item or generated traditionally. In the Öko-Test check, it is recognizable that NO natural mustard included traces of the uncertain herbicide glyphosate, whereas traces of the debatable representative were discovered in 10 of 13 mustards from standard farming. This is not the only reason 6 out of 7 natural items got the examination score “very good” – consisting of the medium-hot mustard from Alnatura, the lion’s mustard “medium-hot, organic” or the “medium-hot mustard, exhilaratingly mild” from Zwergenwiese. Only the natural mustard from Byodo was subtracted one factor, as the percentage of mustard seeds in the ended up item was listed below the defined market standard.

But standard mustard brand names were additionally awarded with the total Öko-Test score of “very good”: the Thuringian mustard tool warm from Born Senf & Feinkost, the mustard from Develey and also the tool warm mustard on a daily basis additionally got the leading mark in the check.

The 3 “losers” that smeared something off the total score with the score “satisfactory” are the discounter brand names Kania (Lidl) and also K-Classic (Kaufland) along with the Bautz’ner mustard tool warm, which additionally included all traces of glyphosate. At Kania, an enhanced biosphenol F worth (see listed below) was additionally determined in the examination, and also the Kaufland very own brand name had insufficient mustard seed web content. Bautz’ner mustard was ranked adversely because, according to the item details, it includes all-natural tastes.

Where does the mustard seed originated from?

The mustard seed makes the mustard. Yellow and also white mustard seeds are utilized for medium-hot and also moderate mustard selections, while brownish mustard seeds are utilized for the hotter selections. But certainly there is additionally the pleasant mustard, which is incredibly popular in Bavarian food. The yellow shade comes primarily from the enhancement of the flavor turmeric extract. But where does the mustard seed originated from in the items evaluated?

Öko-Test clarifies that many standard mustard brand names import the mustard seeds from Eastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine or Canada. When it concerns natural mustard, the seeds originate from Germany and also a few of those importing nations. However, this has little impact on the preference, also if the preference of the evaluated items is often fairly various, as the testers stress. Some brand names taste even more like natural herbs or instead pleasant, others thrill with their horseradish note with an additional kick of spiciness. In regards to sensory residential properties, i.e. look, odor and also preference, all items got leading marks.

Glyphosate and also bisphenol F: deposits are unfavorable

Öko-Test examined adversely that traces of glyphosate were identified in numerous standard mustard brand names. Other little imperfections were discovered in popular brand names such as Kühne or Thomy. There, PVC / PVDC / chlorinated substances, i.e. contaminants, were found in the cover seal. In enhancement, Öko-Test mentions that the formerly obscure issue material bisphenol F was discovered in all mustard brand names evaluated, which happens in tinned items and also is presumed of having an impact on the hormone system. However, the material develops from the manufacturing of mustard and also the traces discovered are categorized as “unproblematic” by the testers.

There is still excellent information: Mustard oils include a component that can protect against cancer cells. Mustard oils have an anti-carcinogenic result and also can hence get rid of cancer causing compounds.