The healthier-unhealthy food – Part 3

This is my weakest link – dipping lots of condiment with my fast food.

Whenever I eat McDonald’s, I will have at least three different condiment to go along. I will have curry sauce, chilli sauce and mayonnaise.

(source: stockxpert)

I do know that it is very unhealthy, but here is a consolation. There is another condiment that contains more fat, and that is tartar sauce!

Now, the next two contestants are mayonnaise and tartar sauce.

Tartar sauce is actually mayonnaise blended with finely chopped pickled cucumber, capers, onions (or chives) and fresh parsley. That’s why it has more calories than mayonnaise. Therefore, per tablespoon, mayonnaise has half the fat of tartar sauce.

I feel less guilt when I consume mayonnaise now. Thanks to Simply Her magazine for this great research. 🙂

*Updates*

A fellow blogger, amandaiscooking asked a great question about how would tartar contain more fat when the ingredients do not have fat content. With careful examination, the ingredients do contain calories, to a small contributing amount, I must say.

Here are some links to the nutrition facts of the main ingredients that go into the mayonnaise, which makes it the “unhealthier” tartar sauce:

1. pickled cucumbers
2. onion
3.
capers

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6 Responses to The healthier-unhealthy food – Part 3

  1. amandaiscooking says:

    “Tartar sauce is actually mayonnaise blended with finely chopped pickled cucumber, capers, onions (or chives) and fresh parsley. That’s why it has more calories than mayonnaise. Therefore, per tablespoon, mayonnaise has half the fat of tartar sauce.”

    that doesn’t make any sense. none of those ingredients have any fat.

  2. Karen says:

    I love tartar sauce.. 😦

  3. bodytreats says:

    Karen: We share the same love. 🙂

    amandaiscooking: Hi, thanks for dropping by. I had the same question as you when I first read that tartar sauce contains most fat. With further research, it is indeed true – onions, pickled cucumbers do contain calories and fat (though to a small extend).

    You can check out these websites that tell us the amount of nutrition facts of each ingredients.

    1. pickled cucumbers – http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts-C00001-01c20mU.html
    2. onion – http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts-C00001-01c20eL.html
    3. capers – http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts-C00001-01c203a.html

    Your question is really good. I shall incorporate these information into my post. 🙂 Thanks a lot!

  4. Bonnie says:

    That still doesn’t make sense… Gram for gram, tartare sauce would contain fewer fat and calories than mayonaise. This is unless you are talking in terms of eg. one tablespoon of mayonaise vs. one tablespoon of mayonaise PLUS the cucumber, onion and capers… which indeed, the tartare sauce would have more calories, but that would equate to about two tablespoons of tartare sauce (because of the extra tablespoon of vegetables) rather than one. Basically, tartare sauce would have less calories than the same amount of mayonaise because instead of just the high-calorie mayonaise, the vegetables (which are much less calorie dense than mayo, and contain much less fat) are bulking up about half the proportion… does this make sense?

  5. bodytreats says:

    Hi Bonnie! Thanks for your comments. I felt a little difficult to accept that as well. Thanks for this thoughtful comment – I am no pro as well. I am jus guessing, maybe, the lesser amount of mayo in tartar sauce does not equate to the amount of vegetables in it. Maybe – just my guess. What do you think? 🙂

  6. Ryuji says:

    I don’t count unhealthiness by means of added calories. Pickled Cucmbers and such are veggies and that doesn’t make you unhealthy….

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