Nutritionist Debunks a Popular Myth About Mayonnaise

According to the nutritionist, mayonnaise is still quite noticeably inferior to butter in terms of calories – about 600 kcal versus 900 kcal per 100 grams of the product.

An important question is whether mayonnaise is as dangerous for the body as it is commonly thought, and how much of this sauce can be put in a salad without harming health. The famous nutritionist Anna Melekhina spoke about this.

Doctors often speak critically about the sauce, which is loved by many people, including pointing out its excessive fat content and calorie content. At the same time, the fat content in standard mayonnaise is 67%, and, for example, in vegetable oil – 99%. In terms of calories, the sauce is also inferior to oil – about 600 kcal versus 900 kcal per 100 grams of the product.

According to Melekhina, mayonnaise is not harmful to health if consumed in moderation.

“Mayonnaise is not a product that is necessary for the body, for sure. But you can eat it, of course. It contains eggs, vegetable oil, mustard, vinegar, sugar, and salt, which are fairly safe ingredients. But you need to watch the amount of it as a dressing. You should think about how much you need, how many calories you can get if you eat one serving of salad,” the doctor explained.

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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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