A Nutritionist Tells Whether it is Possible to “Bring Down” the Calorie Content of Dishes with Mayonnaise

It is customary to generously season already hearty salads with mayonnaise, says the nutritionist. And during a feast, after them, people immediately move on to meat dishes.

Popular among Ukrainians, mayonnaise has a rather scandalous reputation. Many doctors consider it a culinary evil, primarily because of its high-calorie content. This was told by the famous nutritionist Anna Melekhina. But, the doctor says, it is quite possible to reduce the harm to the body from such a sauce.

The composition of mayonnaise is quite harmless, it contains eggs, vegetable oil, mustard, vinegar, sugar, and salt, Melekhina noted. The sauce will not harm the body if used in small quantities, she believes.

Mayonnaise is not as high in calories as another salad dressing, vegetable oil, the nutritionist says. One hundred grams of sauce contains an average of 600 kilocalories, and the same amount of oil contains 900 kilocalories. At the same time, the fat content of traditional mayonnaise is 67%, and vegetable oil is 99%.

However, it is customary to generously season already hearty salads with mayonnaise. And during the feast, after Olivier, herring under a fur coat or mimosa, move on to meat dishes, Melekhina reminded. And this is very harmful to the body.

The nutritionist explained how to reduce the calorie content of salad dressing without giving up your favorite sauce.

“If you want to reduce the calorie content of the sauce, you can mix it with either Greek yogurt in a 50/50 ratio or low-fat sour cream (10-15 percent). If you like the taste of mayonnaise, you can combine it with lemon juice, ketchup, and other sauces, which will create a brighter bouquet of flavors and, importantly, reduce its calorie content, even if only slightly,” Melekhina summarized.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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