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Mar 26, 2012 07:29 PM

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

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

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    1. re: janniecooks

      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.

      1. re: GraceW

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

        1. re: GraceW

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

          1. re: janniecooks

            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?!

            1. re: GraceW

              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.

              1. re: GraceW

                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.

                1. re: GraceW

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

                  1. re: GraceW

                    Yeah, there's no protein in that mustard!

                    1. re: janniecooks

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

                    2. re: GraceW

                      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. 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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                1. re: GraceW

                  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.

                  1. re: acgold7

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

                    I still agree that the label is wrong, though

                  2. re: GraceW

                    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.

                    1. re: GraceW

                      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!'

                      1. re: GraceW

                        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.

                        1. re: GraceW

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

                        2. .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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                          1. re: chez cherie

                            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. 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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                            1. re: GraceW

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

                            2. 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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                              1. re: DuchessNukem

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

                                Rick Santorum?

                                very funny, duchess!