What is Miracle Whip?
Miracle Whip is condiment/sandwich spread made by Kraft Foods, somewhat similar to British salad cream. (It is categorized as a “dressing” – but what does that mean? Is it meant for drizzling over salads…?) In the early 1930’s, Kraft ingeniously developed Miracle Whip as a cheaper alternative to mayonnaise. In the midst of the depression, taste-starved Americans immediately loved Miracle Whip. It has long been advertised as a sauce for fruit, vegetables, salad, and more, but what exactly is it?
According to the website, original Miracle Whip’s ingredients are: WATER, SOYBEAN OIL,HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, VINEGAR, MODIFIED CORNSTARCH, EGGS, SALT,NATURAL FLAVOR, MUSTARD FLOUR, POTASSIUM SORBATE AS A PRESERVATIVE, PAPRIKA, SPICE, DRIED GARLIC
Those in bold are either not Paleo, or considered vague and questionable ingredients.
Is Miracle Whip Paleo?
No! Definitely not! This is the perfect example of today’s food-product-culture. Real mayonnaise made with the right oil can be considered a healthy source of fat and protein, while highly processed low-fat products like Miracle Whip have no nutritional value whatsoever. Additionally, Miracle Whip is made with soybean oil and high fructose corn syrup, both of which are big no-no’s on the Paleo diet.
When you’re new to the Paleo diet, it is really easy to make well-intentioned decisions that aren’t always the best, and advertising claims are no help at all! Just remember to always check ingredients before you buy anything in a jar, can, box, or package. Substitute Miracle Whip with your favorite homemade mayonnaise, or follow the link to Jan’s Sushi Bar for her version of homemade Miracle Whip. We also recommend using mashed avocado as a replacement for things like mayonnaise and sour cream!
P.S. The Primal Kitchen recently released their Primal Kitchen Mayo to the world. We’ll cover this product in detail in a future post.
- Better Than Miracle Whip (Jan’ )
- Paleo Mayonnaise ( )
- Foolproof Homemade Mayo ( )
- The Quest For a Healthy Primal Mayonnaise ( )
- Avocado Chicken Salad – No Mayo ( )
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