Description: Mayonnaise is traditionally made from oil, egg yolks, vinegar or lemon juice, salt and seasonings. There are numerous eggless mayonnaise options found in the natural foods marketplace, each with a variation of quality ingredients, and perhaps the most important issue, flavor.
What to look for: Mayonnaise, whether eggless or not, that is made from certified organic ingredients, including cold expeller pressed oil, vinegar, spices and sea salt. Veganaise is one of many vegan alternative options to traditional mayonnaise. It is made with oil, lemon juice and/or vinegar, and brown rice syrup. Many varieties of mayonnaise and veganaise contain organic, cold expeller pressed oil, organic vinegar, and organic spices; some do not. As an example, Veganaise made with grapeseed oil, although not organic, is an acceptable choice due to the many touted health benefits of grapeseed oil, which is not readily found organic in the natural foods marketplace.
Uses: Sandwiches, dips, spreads, dressings, salad mixes, and for those that are true fans – well, everything they can possibly find a place to mix or spread it on. Use sparingly if you aim to lose weight, and not at all if cleansing or detoxing, or on the Candida diet.
Where to find: Grocery stores, natural food stores, online resources. For do-it-yourselfers, mayonnaise can easily be made at home from organic, high-quality ingredients. See the recipe section for our delicious olive oil-based mayonnaise which is far superior in taste to the store bought variety!
Avoid: Avoid reduced fat mayonnaise, which contains ingredients like modified food starch, cellulose gel, and other thickeners and emulsifiers. Avoid mayonnaise with added sweeteners, which are unnecessary. Avoid any mayonnaise or veganaise made with refined oil that is not expeller pressed. Most mayonnaise is made with inorganic soybean, canola, or grapeseed oil, and some include additives such as corn syrup and calcium disodium EDTA. Proceed with caution, making the best choice possible from the selection at hand.