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A problem for the Mayo Clinic to research?

April 1, 2009 by Ryan

All I have in the house is “Lite Mayo.” Apparently, in order to promote additional savings, they folks at the mayonnaise company dropped letters from the name too. Anyway, I don’t have any regular mayonnaise today. So I’ll have to make due with the “Lite” variety.

Now, here is a particularly disturbing discovery. This “lite” kind contains 55% less fat than regular mayonnaise. This stuff only has 5 grams, whereas the regular has 11 grams per serving.

If one tablespoon of mayonnaise normally provides me 11 grams of fat, but this stuff only has 5 grams of fat, that means that I have to use – one point five times 1, carry the decimal point – 1.55 table spoons of the “lite” kind in order to get the same amount of fat as the regular.

Now then, do you know how hard it is to measure 1.55 tbls? Fortunately, there are conversion tools online to help me figure out how to measure those. One US tablespoon is equal to three US teaspoons. So if I use one tablespoon, plus one teaspoon, I get 1.33 tablespoons. That leaves .22 to try to measure. 1/5 teaspoon = 1 milliliter, and .33 table spoons would convert to .066 tablespoons then .22 divided by .066 comes out to 3 more 1/5 teaspoon sizes. Point is, my sandwhich for lunch took me 10 extra minutes to make and now tastes over half as much like imitation mayonnaise than it did before, when I had to slather it with a full tablespoon serving size (and then it tasted pretty much like a full teaspoon of real mayonnaise).

What were they thinking when they created this product anyway?


3 Comments »

  1. Ryan says:

    And, to make it worse, I’m out of pickles.

  2. Glorajean says:

    Hey you chose the light mayo, remember? And there are more pickles in the cupboard.

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