Ketchup, Mustard or Mayo: Which Condiment is Really King?

01/31/2014 at 01:31 PM ET

Mayo #1 Condiment in America

What’s more all-American than ketchup and fries? Apparently, low-fat mayo on a spicy tuna roll.

Mayonnaise has eclipsed ketchup as the top-selling condiment in the U.S., reports Quartz. And it wasn’t a close match — more like the Boston Red Sox against your local Little League team.

Americans eat $2 billion worth of mayonnaise each year, and only $800 million in ketchup, according to data from Euromonitor. (Mustard is the real underdog, coming in at about $450 million — not to mention mustard consumption has been on the decline since 2009.)

Why? Quartz cites growing popularity of mayo-laden sandwiches, tuna salad and spicy tuna rolls, and a surge of health-conscious Americans buying low-fat mayonnaise — although, may we point out, that ketchup (while high in sugar) has always been low-fat.

Obviously, Bruce Willis’ contract killer character in The Whole Nine Yards is flying into a fit of rage at this news. His anti-mayo rants in the movie are pretty epic, especially in the second video below (fast forward to about 1:10). Meanwhile, the whole city of Chicago — where putting ketchup on a hot dog is akin to theft, murder or something worse — is rejoicing.

Personally, we pump practically an entire bottle of ketchup onto our omelet at Sunday brunch. And don’t get us started on fries. But what do you think?

Tell Us: Are you team ketchup, mayo or mustard?

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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