In the UK, tomato ketchup has long been the king of condiments, earning pride of place on the kitchen table.
But the reign of red sauce is over: according to industry figures, mayonnaise has knocked it off the top spot, outselling ketchup for the first time since records began.
One reason given for the rise of mayo is that with low-fat versions and natural ingredients, manufacturers can promote the dressing as a healthy condinment. They might have a point: we discovered the hidden health benefits of our new favourite sauce.
1. Heart health
Studies have found that the vitamin E content in mayonnaise can prevent strokes.
What’s more, the omega-3 found in mayo is great for keeping your heart healthy and can ward off sudden heart attack.
Hayley Netser from online therapist directory clickfortherapy.com also explains how it can help with stroke risk.
“Because of the antioxidant profile of this condiment, eating it might just help decrease the risk of succumbing to stroke.
“There’s no denying that mayo is very high in fat. That doesn’t mean you should ban it for life. It can be a part of a healthy diet when eaten in very small amounts.”
2. Helps absorb nutrients better
Lots of vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, D, E and K are all fat-soluble.
This means that they need fat to be absorbed and make sure you get all the goodness out of them.
Being both high in good fat and vitamin E means that eating mayonnaise in moderation can help you take in all of these important nutrients.
3. Lowers cholesterol
As well as helping with the absorption of all sorts of important minerals and vitamins, the healthy fats in mayonnaise can help lower your cholesterol.
“Mayonnaise contains mostly unsaturated fat, from 70% up to 85% of total. This is the so-called ‘healthy’ fat,” explains Evermore Health CEO Alessandra Sollberger.
“This aids nutrient absorption and helps reduce the risk of high blood cholesterol levels.”
4. Vitamins and minerals
Hayley explains that mayonnaise is “rich in vitamin K, E and choline and minerals such as potassium, selenium and also sodium.”
Selenium will fight the aging process and help the immune system by reducing free radical damage, while potassium will keep you strong and help your metabolism.
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