4 Reasons To Use Avocado Instead Of Mayonnaise

I like mayonnaise, but sometimes it’s too greasy for me. When I do use it, I only put a small amount in to moisten the food, not to cover it up or drown out other flavors. (In fact, too much mayonnaise in a dish is one of my food pet peeves.)
I also use avocados as a mayonnaise substitute. I find that avocados add the moisture and fat that mayonnaise puts in a dish, but it’s less heavy. Plus, I love how it tastes! To substitute avocado, simply cut the fruit up, mash it with a fork, and spread it as you would mayonnaise. I use it in turkey sandwiches, tuna sandwiches, egg salad, burritos, and a host of other dishes.
It only recently occurred to me that this habit of mine is pretty healthy. In fact, when I looked it up, avocado has almost half the calories of mayonnaise. That’s a pretty big difference. Check out this chart from this site:

4 Reasons To Substitute Mayonnaise With Avocado:

1. It’s lower in calories. As mentioned before, avocado has nearly half the calories of mayonnaise. Substituting avocado for mayonnaise is an easy thing you can do to help lose weight.
2. It is “good” fat. Avocados are lower in saturated fat than mayonnaise and is made up of “heart-healthy” monounsaturated fat. This kind of fat lowers cholesterol, decreases stomach pouch, and actually helps your heart.
3. It contains vitamins and nutrients. Twenty nutrients, to be exact, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins, and folic acid. Mayonnaise has very little in the way of nutrients.
4. It’s cheaper–sometimes. I realize that living in California, I have a more reliable supply of avocados than other parts of the country, but it is often cheaper for me to buy avocados than mayonnaise. One avocado contains about 5 ounces of fruit, and on sale costs $.79. A 22 ounce jar of mayonnaise costs about $4. That means that avocado costs $.16 per ounce, while mayonnaise costs $.18 per ounce. Therefore, it makes sense for me to buy avocados whenever they are on sale and save mayonnaise for when avocados are out of season and go up in price.
What is your favorite way to eat avocados?
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6 thoughts on “4 Reasons To Use Avocado Instead Of Mayonnaise”

  1. I recently made chicken salad using avocado instead of mayo and it was a HUGE hit! One thing to note was that of course it browned a bit the longer it was exposed to air, but still tasted great. This could be avoided with a little lemon or lime juice added to the mix.

  2. Kimberly, exactly. A little lemon or lime preserves the color well–although it definitely doesn’t last as long as mayonnaise, of course.

  3. I hate being allergic to avocado. It seems like half the healthy recipes out there call for it, and it makes going our for sushi or Mexican a nightmare.

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