Is Mustard Vegan? [And What About Dijon & Whole Grain?]

Wondering if mustard is vegan?

How about dijon mustard?

In this short article, we'll answer all of the questions you have about the vegan status of mustard.

We'll also point you to some other awesome vegan condiments.

Let's begin!

Is Mustard Vegan?

Yes, but with some small technicalities! There are certain types of mustards (such as honey mustard and Dijon) that may have ingredients processed with animal by-products or honey.  

However, any common brown or yellow mustard is usually just mustard seeds, vinegar, salt, and spices. Whole grain mustard is usually vegan as well.

Even ingredients like xanthan gum (a common thickener in mustard) isn't derived from animal products.

What is Mustard Exactly?

Mustard is a common condiment dating all the way back to 1800 BC. Unlike other condiments, it can be prepared with a wide range of flavor profiles which range from spicy to sweet and everything in between. It can even have a variety of different textures from completely smooth, to gritty, to completely whole grain.

What Kind of Mustard Might Not Be Vegan?

As mentioned earlier, common types of mustards that you might not want to consider vegan are honey mustard and Dijon mustard.

Dijon mustard, although appearing animal product free, is made with white wine. While wine doesn’t technically have animal products in it, often times it is used as part of the filtering process

However, we don't think you should particularly care, because the harm to animals from eating dijon mustard is pretty much nil.

Honey mustard obviously contains honey and many people do not consider honey to be vegan. This is, however, a widely debated topic.

Also, if the mustard has added sugar (most don’t) there’s a chance that the sugar was refined with bone char. This is not permitted in organic sugars according to regulations in the US, so if your stuff is organic then you’re fine!

Mustards that use the term “natural flavors” would be impossible to discern if they were vegan or not (read more about natural flavors). If you wanted to be 100% sure, you’ll have to contact the manufacturer of the company directly.

​If you find this too restricting be sure to read our conclusion.

None of it really matters when it comes to reducing your harm to animals.

Conclusion on Vegan Mustard

Honey is a controversial and highly debated topic in the vegan community. If you’re trying to transition to veganism, we don’t recommend getting caught up in some of the more debated vegan topics, such as honey, or even nitpicking yourself for products that don’t blatantly state they contain animal products.

In addition, being fully against honey without understanding the complexities of the debate is never a good way to go about things. You should always be learning, understanding, and then acting.

Focus on giving up all obvious animal products such as meat, dairy, eggs, and fish. After that, you can then explore some of the more nuanced topics and make your own decisions. Once you’ve fully adapted to the lifestyle, consider your side of the debate on honey and do your best to find the more deeply hidden ingredients that may require manufacturer outreach and digging.

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