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TJ mustard... 2 gram protein in a TSP?

GraceW Mar 26, 2012 07:29 PM

TJ's mustard (Hot and sweet--it is in a small jar, with a white lid) says it has 2 grams of protein in the tsp... how? Is it meant to say 2 grams of sugar (since it has honey in it...?)? Or is there protein buried in there somewhere? I am just confused how 1 tsp, a mere 10 calories, could have 2 grams of protein? Weird!

Any ideas?! Is the label messed-up (which oft happens at TJs) or am I overlooking the protein buried in mustard?

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    janniecooks RE: GraceW Mar 27, 2012 04:01 AM

    Does the mustard include eggs as an ingredient? Eggs are typically used as a thickener in sweet mustards.

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      GraceW RE: janniecooks Mar 27, 2012 12:10 PM

      No eggs are not included. The first ingredient is sugar.. which makes me think that it should be 2 grams of sugar, not 2 grams of protein.

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        RB Hound RE: GraceW Mar 27, 2012 12:36 PM

        I think you are probably right. Honey contains protein, but hardly in that quantity.

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          janniecooks RE: GraceW Mar 27, 2012 12:54 PM

          I checked the four varieties of mustard in my pantry, all show zero grams of protein. what are the ingredients in your TJ mustard?

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            GraceW RE: janniecooks Mar 27, 2012 01:46 PM

            Here is a photo (not mine) of the ingredients... this makes me very upset that they would mislabel protein and sugar.

            Should I call the company?!

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              GraceW RE: GraceW Mar 27, 2012 01:52 PM

              Alright I just wrote to the company.,, we will see if they ever respond. I feel like this is a gross error on their part.

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                mpjmph RE: GraceW Mar 27, 2012 02:41 PM

                That looks almost like a copy/paste type of error. Like someone tried to copy the graphic from another document and forgot to change protein to sugar.

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                  ipsedixit RE: GraceW Mar 27, 2012 09:50 PM

                  If that label was right, if you ate the whole jar, you'd probably have consumed your DV of protein.

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                    janniecooks RE: GraceW Mar 28, 2012 04:20 AM

                    Yeah, there's no protein in that mustard!

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                      GraceW RE: janniecooks Mar 28, 2012 05:56 AM

                      I wish there was.. that would make it soooo easy to add protein to your meal... just dip everything in the magic mustard!

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                      CrazyOne RE: GraceW Mar 28, 2012 06:10 AM

                      Really funny. Someone goofed, like mentioned, a copy/paste error or such? I see soybean oil in there but that wouldn't add protein because it's just the oil. Would be a trivial amount of veg fat I suppose, but anything less than half a gram is "zero".

              2. GraceW RE: GraceW Mar 29, 2012 11:16 PM

                Trader Joes wrote back: (essentially, they deny that it is incorrect... whjahjah!?)

                "Thank you for contacting us, and we do truly appreciate your inquiry. In response we wanted to share with you that is a nutritious food, naturally containing 28% to 36% protein. Also the values indicated on our labeling do represent the value specifically based upon the recommended serving size for the product.

                However, if you ever have concerns regarding the accuracy of this information for any of our products, we do invite you return the product to your store (perhaps the next time you are shopping with us, at your convenience), and then to ask your store to complete a Product Incident Report. This is the first step in our formal Quality Assurance Process and would allow us to investigate the matter with our supplier.

                We do hope this information helps, and we thank you for shopping with us at Trader Joe's."

                I 100% think the label is wrong.. anyone else? Where would the protein be? Odd. Not buying it in the future.

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                  acgold7 RE: GraceW Mar 30, 2012 12:05 AM

                  They're nuts and the label is obviously wrong. 2g of carbs and 2g of protein equals 16 cal. The label says it's 10.

                  I just checked six different mustards in my fridge. Not one of them lists any protein. All are 0g per teaspoon.

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                    coney with everything RE: acgold7 Mar 30, 2012 05:56 AM

                    I would never think of protein as a mustard component, but this website says otherwise

                    I still agree that the label is wrong, though

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                    guilty RE: GraceW Mar 30, 2012 11:45 PM

                    Mustard is made from mustard seeds, which contain protein. Though I agree that 2 grams out of teaspoon sounds unlikely.

                    Keep in mind that many (if not all) of the "gram" counts are rounded up, and typos do occur anywhere and everywhere.

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                      LATrapp RE: GraceW Mar 31, 2012 10:19 PM

                      Very sad that they make you go out of your way "to complete a Product Incident Report" to start "our formal Quality Assurance Process" instead of just saying, 'Hey, you may or may not be on to something- let me check that out for you!'

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                        ediblover RE: GraceW Apr 1, 2012 05:10 AM

                        And, they're incorrect because you said so?

                        When you have actual proof, such as the results of a chemical analysis, then you can make claims. Right now, the only thing you're doing is speculating. 2 products, both having the same ingredients in the same ratio can be reported as having different values since there are different ways to interpret/count the data. How much do you round off? What about the fiber count? What method was used to get the #?

                        Assuming that you have all the answers when you're not even asking the right questions isn't the best way to go about things.

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                          mpjmph RE: GraceW Apr 1, 2012 06:00 AM

                          I just looked at the label again. Someone failed to proofread - 40g of sodium in a 5.5g serving?

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                            MplsM ary RE: mpjmph Apr 1, 2012 12:27 PM

                            Yes. Should be 40 mg, not 40 G.

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                          chez cherie RE: GraceW Mar 30, 2012 09:11 AM

                          .2 grams seems about right--i think there's a decimal point missing. could happen easily...i hope you follow through at the store to get it corrected.

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                            MplsM ary RE: chez cherie Mar 30, 2012 10:55 PM

                            I caught a mistake on Whole Foods frozen broccoli - 5 G sodium per serving. I checked the non-organic bag and it said 5 mg. Oh for the loss of an m...

                          2. GraceW RE: GraceW Mar 30, 2012 09:59 AM

                            I just worry about diabetics... I know plenty of people who wouldn't double-think the label and it is very easy to use more than a 1 tsp if you are making a sandwich... 2 grams of unknown sugars multiples super easily. :(

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                              acgold7 RE: GraceW Mar 30, 2012 11:03 AM

                              Especially when you note that the first ingredient on the list is sugar.

                            2. DuchessNukem RE: GraceW Mar 30, 2012 11:09 PM

                              From the gummint:


                              0.22 g protein per tsp

                              Hey, who hasn't missed a period and had to worry about it? LOL

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                                coney with everything RE: DuchessNukem Apr 4, 2012 08:12 AM

                                "Hey, who hasn't missed a period and had to worry about it? LOL"

                                Rick Santorum?

                                very funny, duchess!

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                                Mary McChugalug RE: GraceW Mar 31, 2012 02:18 AM

                                I love salt like nobody's business but 40 grams of sodium per serving seems a little excessive.

                                1. GraceW RE: GraceW Apr 1, 2012 04:07 PM

                                  Moral of the Story:

                                  I do not frequent TJ anymore, so I do not know when I will be able to do the 'incident report' in person.

                                  What Have I learned:
                                  Most companies--more than I realized before--are really, really wrong with their labeling. After the mustard-label, I started checking other labels. I think the biggest shocker was a bag of pre-popped popcorn (not TJs) claimed to have 8 cups total.. it had 3 cups.
                                  Therefore, I suppose I will walk away from this all never really trusting another label again. Good thing I buy mostly produce (unlabeled), proteins, and make anything else I need from scratch.

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