Why do mustard seeds have strong antimicrobial properties?

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Louis Rosner
Neurology

Researchers from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, found that the antimicrobial properties of mustard seed are so strong that, when added to hamburger meat, it could kill E. coli bacteria. The compound responsible for this is allyl isothiocyanate. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that this compound can also kill listeria, Staphylococcus aureus, and other food-borne pathogens. The prepared mustard typically consumed in the United States does not contain allyl isothiocyanate.

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