Trade Tuesday: Mayo

Thick. Creamy. A mixture of oil with egg, vinegar, and spices. Mayo. Mayonnaise.

Mayo is a favorite condiment to many. It can transform a normal sandwich into a favorite meal. It is a key component to an egg salad. Mixed with spices, it can become a dipping sauce.

We love using mayo in various dishes and snacks. Unfortunately, that Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise you see on the table at summer time barbecues is not Pantry TakeOver approved. Here’s why:

-the first ingredient is SOYBEAN OIL…. yuck! soybean oil is not something you want to fill you or your loved ones’ bodies with! Here’s why

-the eggs are not from organic pasture raised chickens

-sugar. Sugar isn’t necessary to make a delicious mayo.

-natural flavors… these may not be as “natural” as you think. According to the Code of Federal regulations, “The term natural flavor or natural flavoring means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.”

Don’t worry, you can still enjoy mayonnaise! You might just have to switch to a different kind. We love to make homemade mayo which is surprisingly simple. But if you prefer to buy mayo, our favorite is Primal Kitchen’ avocado oil mayo! It is full of healthy fats and is super nutritious! You can purchase it here


here is a comparison of the ingredients in Hellman’s mayo (top) and Primal Kitchen mayo (bottom):


So next time you want to make a delicious curry chicken salad, a creative dipping sauce, or deviled eggs, trade in your typical mayo for a nutritious homemade or Primal Kitchen mayonnaise!




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