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50 Foods That Are Healthier Than You Think: #14 - Mayonnaise

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

From pasta and cheese to mayo and beer, asked nutrition experts to share what some may consider as unhealthy foods that may actually be better for the body than we realize. Read on for the good news from


For years you’ve been ‘holding the mayo’ on your favorite sandwich because you’ve heard it’s not good for you. Well, mayonnaise lovers, rejoice! It may be time to start adding it back into your diet. “While mayonnaise is relatively high in calories and fat, it’s actually made with some quality ingredients with significant health benefits,” Batayneh says. For example, mayo made with canola or olive oil is rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, and the eggs it contains are also full of nutrients that fight inflammation and help break down fat deposits in your body. “Plus, the fats in mayonnaise maximize the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins from vegetables, which are often paired with mayo (in sandwiches and salads).” If ’you're going for mayo, go all out. Says Batayneh: “Stay away from light versions, which replace fat with fillers, preservatives, and sugars, and hold the cheese.”

Hmmmm, I've developed a taste for aioli which is a spicy mayo - I guess I can have a bit after all. But again that's the key - not to overdo it - "all things in moderation".

"Aioli (garlic mayonnaise) epitomizes the heat, the power, and the joy of the Provençal sun, but it has another virtue - it drives away flies." ~ Frédéric Mistral (1891)


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HOUNDLOVER1 12/3/2012 10:54PM

    Thanks for posting, I'm curious where you find olive oil mayo? The only kinds I can find have very little olive oil in them. Even canola oil mayo is pretty uncommon.

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LOSER05 11/17/2012 11:20AM

    I like dukes

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/14/2012 1:29AM

    Thanks for the info there.

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DEE107 11/14/2012 12:37AM

    thanks for sharing

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GABY1948 11/13/2012 2:35PM

    emoticon one! Thanks for sharing!

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NELLJONES 11/13/2012 8:15AM

    Once again here is where an exchange plan is great. I get 3 fats a day. That means I can select butter or oil or cream or mayo or olives or avocado, whatever floats my boat that day. Gotta be careful when eating out, though. They don't measure that level teaspoon of fat.

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