So what’s in the jar of mayonnaise sitting in your refrigerator? We know it’s mayonnaise, but have you explored any further than that?
If it’s a jar from Kraft, this is how the ingredient list reads:
INGREDIENTS: Soybean Oil, Water, Eggs, Egg Yolks, Vinegar, contains less than 2% of Sugar, Salt,Lemon Juice Concentrate, Calcium Disodium EDTA as a Preservative, Dried Garlic, Dried Onions, Spice, Natural Flavor.
In a serving size of one tablespoon, you’ll find 90 calories, 10 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 5 mg of cholesterol and 90 mg. of sodium.
This information is pretty typical for the mainstream brands of mayo. The ingredients could certainly be better. They’re only using two controversial items and we’re fairly certain those could be replaced. And the nutrition facts are something most have learned to live with. Mayonnaise is a fat. It’s made from fats. So the nutrition facts fall in line.
Hampton Creek thinks we should have better mayonnaise. You may have seen it on your grocery shelf sitting in between Kraft and Hellmann’s. Just Mayo tells us that we’ll consume less sodium and cholesterol with this new brand AND we’ll be consuming better ingredients.
So let’s take a look at the nutrition facts for one tablespoon of Just Mayo.
Fat: 10 grams
Saturated fat: 1 gram
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 80 mg
The tablespoon of Just Mayo is a little better in terms of nutrition facts than a tablespoon of Kraft Mayo. With .5 grams less saturated fat, 5 mg less cholesterol and 10 mg less sodium, we could say it’s a bit ahead of the game than its mainstream counterparts.
Non-GMO Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Filtered Water, White Vinegar, 2% or less of the following: Organic Sugar, Salt, Pea Protein, Spices, Modified Food Starch, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Fruit and Vegetable Juice (Color), Calcium Disodium EDTA (to preserve freshness).
No natural flavors. That’s a great thing. FoodFacts.com would have to question the Non-GMO statement regarding canola oil, as canola oil begins as a genetically modified product (there’s no such thing as a canola plant). This product still contains Calcium Disodium EDTA and that kind of ruins it for us.
If we have the time, we can make our own mayonnaise. If we don’t have the time, there are organic products that we like better than this one. It isn’t bad. And we get that they’ve identified a niche somewhere between mainstream brand mayo and organic mayo – something that’s better for you but doesn’t cost what organic products cost. Maybe that niche exists. But if it does, we think the consumers that are sitting inside that gap between products aren’t looking to see Calcium Disodium EDTA on the ingredient list.