The hashtag #veggieswithmustard has received over 380 million views, so how healthy is this meal? And can it aid in long-term weight loss?
Let us begin with the nice things. Nutritionally, the mustard and cottage cheese trend has quite a few redeeming characteristics.
“Cottage cheese is an excellent and convenient source of protein and calcium,” says Danielle Smith, a registered dietitian at Top Nutrition Coaching. “The sausage also contains protein, which is essential for long-term weight loss and promotes stable blood sugar levels, more consistent energy levels, and focus throughout the day.”
Meanwhile, the vegetables produce fiber, which aids in the sense of fullness. They also help the liver operate and combat inflammation. Even mustard has certain advantages. “Mustard can be a great way to add flavor to foods (like cottage cheese) without adding a lot of calories or unhealthy fats,” added Smith. “Mustard seeds also contain antioxidants such as phenolic compounds and flavonoids, which help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body and protect cells from oxidative stress (1).”
So far, so good, but don’t go reaching for the cottage cheese just yet.
Smith offers some words of warning. “Cottage cheese and sausage are both typically high in sodium,” she says. Smith believes that eating this way may not be sustainable in the long run due to the low carb level.
Jenna Hope, a registered dietician, had similar worries. “If the diet is restricted to vegetables, mustard, a sausage, and cottage cheese, there may be a risk of nutritional deficiencies due to a lack of variety,” she noted.
She also stated that eating the same foods every day can contribute to poor gut health owing to a lack of variety.
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