Q: Sandwiches just don't taste right without mayo. Can a healthy person have some?
Oz Says: Yes, you can!
When you break down mayonnaise into its basic building blocks — egg yolks, vinegar, lemon juice, oil, maybe some mustard — there's nothing too crazy going on there. In fact, the fat in mayo is largely the good, unsaturated kind. Plus, the spread brings a dose of healthy vitamins E and K to the table. So why do so many of us think of mayo as a no-go? Calories, of course: You'll find about 750 of 'em in a half cup of the stuff. Be mindful of amounts, and stick to a tablespoon of mayo (about 95 calories) per serving. It's just the right amount to add richness to sandwiches and mayo-based salads (like egg, potato, and tuna) without blowing your calorie budget for the day.
Doctor Your Mayo
Stir creative boosters like these into your mayo. The result is jazzier than the plain stuff, so you can get away with using less.
Low Fat or Full?
I always opt for full-fat mayonnaise. It tends to have a shorter, simpler ingredient list than the low-fat kind. Plus, it's flavorful, so a little bit goes a long way.
Love the Gloop Factor?
Mix up a spread that's half mayo, half Greek yogurt. You can pile on more creamy goodness with fewer cals.
This story originally appeared in the March 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.
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