Spreading the word around on mayonnaise…

mayonnaiseTraditionally mayonnaise is thought of as something to spread on sandwiches or burgers. It turns out this creamy condiment has more uses and cooking appeal than you may have imagined.

Now, more people are realizing its health-friendly ingredients and versatility as something other than a condiment.

The Association for Dressings and Sauces points to the fact that mayonnaise contains healthy oils, such as soybean and canola, which are natural sources of alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid. In addition to important fatty acids, these oils and the eggs in mayonnaise are also sources of our daily intake of vitamin E.

Further, according to the American Heart Association, omega-3s work to reduce blood pressure and improve overall heart health.

More than just a sandwich spread, here are some other ways to use mayonnaise.

* Use in baking. Mayonnaise contains eggs and oil, which help produce more moist cakes and cookies. Mayonnaise adds a moist texture and rich flavor to baked goods, and it’s a worthy substitute when you’re out of eggs.

* Use for grilling. You can brush it on while grilling fish, chicken or corn on the cob.

* Use in cold salads. Mayonnaise is the base of egg salad, potato salad, chicken salad, tuna salad, pasta salad and coleslaw.

* Use to make sauces. Why not try your hand at making a homemade tartar sauce for your fish?

* Spice it up. Try adding some herbs to your mayo to give a pop to your sandwich by adding extras such as curry powder, gherkins, capers, or any other spices that strike your fancy.

For more information, please visit www.dressings-sauces.org. – NewUsa

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