Mayo: Yay-o or Nay-o?
By: Leanne Ely
Mayonnaise is one of those things that many people miss after embarking on a journey towards good health. Some people can’t bear to give it up. Some people search for a healthier version of mayo. Other people give it up and choose a healthier alternative.
What’s wrong with mayo, you ask?
Commercial mayonnaise is often made with canola oil, soy or corn oil, vinegar, egg yolk, lemon juice, mustard, pepper and lots and lots of chemicals. Canola, of course, is one of those crops that is, more times than not, grown from GMO seed. Soy, corn and canola are some of the most heavily sprayed crops on the planet. They are almost always GMO. 90% of soy grown in the US is GMO while 88% of corn and 93% of canola/rapeseed are also grown from genetically modified seed.
Mayonnaise is generally not an optimal food for anyone hoping to achieve good health, unless you make your own healthy version. Now, personally, I don’t have a lot of patience for making mayo, but if you’re up to it, go ahead and fill your boots!
So, what do I do when I want the creaminess of mayo without the bad ingredients and the sore arm from emulsifying oil, vinegar and eggs?
I use alternatives. Let’s take a look at some.
Greek yogurt. Plain Greek yogurt is creamy like mayo , it has a zippy flavor to it and it’s chock full of protein and other nutrients. Yogurt makes a great replacement for mayo when you’re mixing up chicken salad.
Mustard. When it comes to keeping sandwiches and wraps moist, go for mustard.
Avocado. A slice of avocado provides color, a nice creaminess and a multitude of nutrients to a sandwich, too.
Luckily, when you adopt a healthier lifestyle, many of the foods that once required mayonnaise in order to enjoy them will be gone from your diet anyway. Potato salad doesn’t scream healthy!
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