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    Sqwertz Guest

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    I did my semi-annual pilgrimage to the Indian foods store and picked
    up some supplies. One item is mustard oil. When I look more
    closely at the bottle, it says:

    "For massage use only".

    Massaging my meat, maybe (no, Michael, you can't help me).

    -sw

  2. #2
    Mark Thorson Guest

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    Sqwertz wrote:
    >
    > I did my semi-annual pilgrimage to the Indian foods store and picked
    > up some supplies. One item is mustard oil. When I look more
    > closely at the bottle, it says:
    >
    > "For massage use only".
    >
    > Massaging my meat, maybe (no, Michael, you can't help me).
    >
    > -sw


    Shankar explained that ages ago. Mustard oil is not
    legal for food use because it contains excessive erucic
    acid. That labelling is just to get around the law.
    Indians know that and ignore it.

  3. #3
    Paul M. Cook Guest

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    "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:1ia38rih0zs4m$.[email protected]..
    >I did my semi-annual pilgrimage to the Indian foods store and picked
    > up some supplies. One item is mustard oil. When I look more
    > closely at the bottle, it says:
    >
    > "For massage use only".
    >
    > Massaging my meat, maybe (no, Michael, you can't help me).


    All bottles carry that message. But it is edible and used for cooking all
    the time.

    Paul



  4. #4
    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

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    Sqwertz <[email protected]> news:1ia38rih0zs4m$.[email protected]:
    in rec.food.cooking

    > I did my semi-annual pilgrimage to the Indian foods store and picked
    > up some supplies. One item is mustard oil. When I look more
    > closely at the bottle, it says:
    >
    > "For massage use only".
    >
    > Massaging my meat, maybe (no, Michael, you can't help me).


    Another fantasy Stevie?

    Michael

    --
    “Always tell the truth - it's the easiest thing to remember”
    ~ American Playwright David Mamet

    You can find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

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    Victor Sack Guest

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    Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I did my semi-annual pilgrimage to the Indian foods store and picked
    > up some supplies. One item is mustard oil. When I look more
    > closely at the bottle, it says:
    >
    > "For massage use only".


    From the rfc FAQ:

    MUSTARD OIL - This spicy oil is extensively used in Bengali and some
    other Indian cuisines. It is said that it is very hard, if not
    impossible, to find good quality mustard oil outside of India. In the
    'Western' countries, mustard oil is required to be sold with a "for
    external use only" warning, since it contains allyl isothiocyanate and
    erucic acid, both of which have been implicated in some health problems.
    (This entry is based on Shankar Bhattacharyya's postings)

    Victor

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    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Sun, 28 Jun 2009 08:27:51 +0200, Victor Sack wrote:

    > Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I did my semi-annual pilgrimage to the Indian foods store and picked
    >> up some supplies. One item is mustard oil. When I look more
    >> closely at the bottle, it says:
    >>
    >> "For massage use only".

    >
    > From the rfc FAQ:
    >
    > MUSTARD OIL - This spicy oil is extensively used in Bengali and some
    > other Indian cuisines. It is said that it is very hard, if not
    > impossible, to find good quality mustard oil outside of India. In the
    > 'Western' countries, mustard oil is required to be sold with a "for
    > external use only" warning, since it contains allyl isothiocyanate and
    > erucic acid, both of which have been implicated in some health problems.
    > (This entry is based on Shankar Bhattacharyya's postings)


    The Wiki page on Mustard Oil says something similar. The jury is
    still out on the heath effects.

    -sw

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    sf Guest

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    On Sat, 27 Jun 2009 11:23:49 -0700, Mark Thorson <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Shankar explained that ages ago. Mustard oil is not
    >legal for food use because it contains excessive erucic
    >acid.


    At least it's not uric acid.


    --
    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

  8. #8
    Mark Thorson Guest

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    sf wrote:
    >
    > On Sat, 27 Jun 2009 11:23:49 -0700, Mark Thorson <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >Shankar explained that ages ago. Mustard oil is not
    > >legal for food use because it contains excessive erucic
    > >acid.

    >
    > At least it's not uric acid.


    Eating uric acid would not be harmful, because uric acid
    is only sparingly soluble. It won't be absorbed from
    the digestive tract in significant amounts.

    Erucic acid will be absorbed, and when it constitutes
    a large proportion of dietary fat, it has been implicated
    in some heart problems.

    http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/art...&artid=1277456

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