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This nutrition “myth” brought to you by Hellman’s mayo

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Myth 36: Mayonnaise should be avoided when following a healthy diet.
What Dietitians of Canada says:
“Mayonnaise can be included as part of healthy eating. In fact, Canada’s Food Guide recommends that we consume a small amount (30-45 mL/2-3 tbsp total) of unsaturated fat each day. This includes oil used for cooking, salad dressings, soft margarines low in saturated and trans fats, and mayonnaise… Small amounts of mayonnaise can help add extra flavour to your favourite healthy foods.”
What I say:
This is a common myth that my fellow dietitians wanted refuted? Really??? I have never heard another dietitian complain about people thinking that mayonnaise should be avoided. I think that the people who take issue with the belief that mayonnaise is unhealthy are the marketers at Hellman’s, one of the Nutrition Month sponsors. I think that most dietitians would agree that we don’t need to encourage mayo consumption. The only good point I see in this myth bust is that they said to use small amounts. One tablespoon of mayo contains 100 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 95 mg of sodium and is not a significant source of any other nutrients. DC says that mayo can add flavour to your favourite healthy foods. What might these be? Because beyond sandwiches and potato salad I can’t think of a use for mayo in any of my favourite foods. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t think that fat is a villain but choosing to promote mayo is seriously questionable. Healthier options are extra-virgin olive oil, unprocessed coconut oil, and avocado oil, to name a few. I would rather see people using yoghurt in potato salad and adding flavour to their sandwiches with healthier spreads like hummus, tzatziki, pesto, mashed avocado, dijon mustard, salsa, or herbs and spices.

Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food.

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