A Surprising and Easy Way to Reduce Inflammatory Foods in Your Diet by Lisa Snow

lisa-snow-2One of the hidden sources of both cholesterol and inflammatory compounds in our diets is innocent-looking mayonnaise.  Most brands contain low quality oils (which are made from genetically modified organisms or GMOs  ), dairy (a major source of saturated fat), and factory-farmed eggs.  How can you still have awesome sandwiches and hors d’oeurves without mainstream mayo?

1) Experiment with fun flavors

Instead of using mayo or miracle whip, another way to add the same texture with a lot more zest is to use Viana sunflower spreads .  Naturally free of gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, and other common allergens, they’re made from real foods.  Veggies, herbs, spices, and sunflower seeds—no ingredients you need to lookup in a dictionary!  With amazing flavors like Wild Herbs, Papaya Curry, Horseradish, and Italian Vegetables, you will never be bored!

2) Maximize the creamy factor

If what you love most about mayo is creamy texture and you’re open to different flavors, try spreading guacamole or plain mashed avocado onto a sandwich.  This also works great for small appetizers based on toast or crackers.  If you’re buying premade guacamole, read carefully to be sure there are no added preservatives.

3) Fuse healthy & traditional

When you want something that really looks, smells, and tastes like mayo Just-Mayo-Statswithout all the scary genetically modified ingredients, try one of the newer, healthier brands.  “Mindful Mayo”  from Earth Balance is available in many local health food stores.  (They make various flavors; try the blue lid for the most classic mayo experience.)  “Just Mayo”  from Hampton Creek has won taste tests against major brands, and is available at lots of stores from Whole Foods to Fairway to Target.  Both brands are free of gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, and other common allergens—and have no GMOs!

But seriously, can changing your mayonnaise make any difference?  It’s not like we eat that much of it per day or per year.  Check out the amazing numbers in this image from Just Mayo’s Facebook page


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