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Love It, Like It, Hate It – Mayonnaise

It’s often thought to be one of the least healthy foods, but mayonnaise really isn’t as bad as we think it is.   If you’re a fan of it, you’ll be glad to know that Molly has plenty of options for you in her ‘Love it’ category, in today’s Love it, Like it, Hate it!

With soybean or canola oil, eggs and vinegar as the primary ingredients in most brands of regular mayo, it’s not high in saturated fat (regular mayo has just 1 to 2 grams per tablespoon — about what you get in a tablespoon of olive oil).  And with just 5 to 10 mg cholesterol per serving, it’s far below the recommended upper limit of 200 to 300 mg of cholesterol.  So if you use a thin spread of mayonnaise here and there, it’s no big deal. But if you generously slather it onto your sandwich or make chicken salad with nearly as much mayo as meat, the 100 calories and 10 to 11 grams of fat per tablespoon can quickly add up.

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The following varieties all have just 35 to 50 calories per tablespoon, with <1 gram sugar and 0-1 gram of saturated fat:

The Ojai Cook Lemonaise Light – Spectrum Light Canola Mayo – Hellmann’s Light – Blue Plate Light – Kraft Reduced Fat Mayo with Olive Oil – Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo

Walden Farm’s Mayo has zero calories, zero sugar, and zero fat.

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Any regular mayonnaise or regular (not light) vegan mayonnaise.  They’re low in saturated fat & cholesterol since they’re all made with canola, soybean, or olive oil, but they have 100 calories and ~10 grams fat per tablespoon.

Hate it!

Kraft Fat Free Mayo – only 10 calories per tablespoon, but has more sugar and high fructose corn syrup than soybean oil, plus contains artificial colors, yellow 6 and Blue 1.