5 Great Substitutions for Store-Bought Mayonnaise
Did you know that store-bought mayonnaise and their substitutions like ‘Miracle Whip’ are often full of high fructose corn syrup and other unhealthy ingredients? Additionally, some companies such as Kraft, which also makes Miracle Whip, are part of the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, who has illegally contributed millions of dollars to campaigns to stop the labeling of genetically modified foods.
Furthermore, mayonnaise may contain Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (aka Disodium EDTA) – a chemical which can draw important trace minerals out of your body and deplete you from micronutrients.
Instead of eating something so unsavory, you can substitute mayonnaise and Miracle Whip with one of the healthier items listed below:
1. Make your own mayo! It’s easy to make real mayonnaise that doesn’t have any artificial ingredients or unwanted chemicals. The ingredients are simple; and trust me, this recipe will taste so much better than the non-food stuff you’ve been buying at the grocery store.
- 1 egg yolk
- ½ teaspoon dry mustard
- A pinch of organic sugar
- 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed organic lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 cup safflower oil
Simply whisk everything together while adding the egg yolk last. You can add extra oil if you need to make the mixture wetter. Enjoy!
2. Use a scoop of low-fat, plain Greek yogurt. It provides protein and calcium, where regular mayo is practically devoid of any nutrients.
3. Use extra virgin olive oil – This oil can add flavor to any recipe that normally calls for mayo, and is full of beneficial fats that are good for you. Olive oil is also known to promote liver health.
4. Try mustard or honey mustard instead of mayo. Mustard is made from the mustard plant, and its nutrients are highly regarded.
5. Try homemade hummus – This delicious substitution for mayo is made simply with pureed chickpeas, olive oil, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice. It is simply delectable and full of important ingredients that provide sound nutrition. Rich in protein, hummus fights weight gain, sugar cravings, and also lowers cholesterol since it is full of fiber. Chickpeas can also reduce your cancer risk.
With all the unwanted ingredients in our food supply today, at least you can make a small change to add nourishing, chemical-free food to one of your often-used condiments.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.