Love It, Like It, Hate It: Mayonnaise

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Mayonnaise is typically thought to be one of the worst foods for you, but you may be surprised to learn that it really isn’t as bad as we think it is, and even more surprised to know that we have plenty of options in our ‘Love it’ category, in today’s Love it, Like it, Hate it!

Soybean or canola oil, eggs and vinegar are the primary ingredients in most brands of regular mayo, so it’s not high in saturated fat (regular mayo has just 1 to 2 grams per tablespoon – about the same as one tablespoon of olive oil).

Just 5 to 10 mg cholesterol per serving (the recommended upper limit is 200 to 300 mg cholesterol).

But it packs 100 calories into every tablespoon, so if you’re watching your waistline, just use a thin spread of the real thing, or try one of our reduced-fat “Love it” options.


Love it!

Hellmann’s Light – Blue Plate Light – Kraft Reduced Fat Mayo with Olive Oil – Spectrum Light Canola Mayo – Veganaise Reduced Fat Mayo – Kraft Flavored Mayo (e.g. Hot & Spicy and Chipotle)

Each has just 35 to 50 calories per tablespoon, with <1 gram sugar and 0-1 gram of saturated fat.


Like it!

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 90-100 calories and ~9-10 grams fat per tablespoon.

Walden Farm’s Mayo has zero calories, zero sugar, and zero fat, but also contains the artificial sweetener sucralose.


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.