Wondering what is the difference between conventional shop-bought mayonnaise and Keto Friendly mayo?
We are here to help answer that!
We love mayonnaise but not all mayonnaise is made with real ingredients and that’s why we created our own Real Food range of avocado oil mayos that are also Paleo and clean Keto friendly!
Not all mayos are created equal you see - our Hunter & Gather mayo is packed with flavour and is nutrient-dense. We avoid any harmful inflammatory oils, or hidden nasties often found in shop-bought mayo! Read on to discover all you need to know about this much-loved condiment.
Homemade Mayonnaise vs. Store Bought
For most people, mayonnaise is something you buy at the store – not something you’d make at home. That’s probably because condiments should be as easy and hassle-free as possible - or so we think. Throwing a ready-made mayo into your basket as part of the weekly shop seems to tick all these boxes!
Trouble is, not all mayos are created equal and store-bought mayos are often disguising inflammatory oils, preservatives, artificial flavourings and bulking agents alongside the usual mayo ingredients. This makes them last longer and keeps the right consistency, but it also means that eating them often can be bad for your health.
- Homemade Mayo – if you can’t get your hands on a clean, real food mayonnaise then it’s a good idea to make your own instead – that way you can control exactly what’s going in, and what isn’t! The only downside is that using fresh egg yolks rather than the pasteurised eggs you’d find in store-bought mayos means you’ll only be able to keep it in the fridge for a few days safely.
- Store-Bought Mayo – we have made finding and using mayo much easier for you with our simply 4 ingredient mayonnaise. It's free from seed or vegetable oils, sugar, chemicals, or bulkers and it's a great taste award winner too. Get safe and tasty mayonnaise conveniently without the need to make your own - winning!
Can Mayonnaise Make You Fat?
Lots of people think that mayonnaise is a definite no-no if watching your waistline or trying to lose a few pounds, likely due to conventional wisdom telling us that dietary fat = bodily fat. In fact, not all fats are created equal and the healthy fats you’ll find in good quality seed oil free mayos are incredibly nutritious.
Healthy fats like avocado oil are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which are essential for overall health and wellbeing. They’re entirely different to the non-nutritive trans fats you’ll find in junk food. To learn more about the difference between healthy and unhealthy fats and why it matters check out our Article here.
If you eat mayonnaise free from sugars, grains and inflammatory seed or vegetable oils (which are high in Omega 6) and opt for avocado oil mayonnaise instead then it can be an incredibly nutritious and health-optimising addition to your diet. Of course, if you eat it by the jar-full then you run the risk of too many calories which will eventually cause weight gain – but that could be said about just about any food!
What is mayonnaise made from?
There are soooo many mayonnaise recipes out there from traditional to modern and downright outrageous! Aside from extras added for flavourings and seasonings, all mayonnaise begins its life as four main ingredients:
- Egg Yolk – this is the ‘emulsifier’ which blends all the ingredients together (Egg-free recipes will use an alternative emulsifier). For example, our MAYOCADO uses Pea Protein instead of eggs.
- Oil – just about any oil can be used to make mayonnaise, which oil is used dramatically effects the nutritional value of the finished mayo however and we would advise you to choose a mayo recipe made with 100% coconut or avocado oil and watch out for cheeky marketing with "blends" of cheaper oils alongside coconut or avocado.
- Acid – such as vinegar or lemon juice is added to regulate the pH, help to preserve and add flavour to the mayo
- Salt or Spices– for flavour and to stabilise the other ingredients
Given that there is so much choice when it comes to which eggs, oils and acid to use, you can see how all mayo isn’t created equal.
Mayonnaise Nutritional Value
Let’s take a look at the nutritional value of a great quality mayonnaise such as our Avocado Oil Mayonnaise. This will differ drastically to some store-bought alternatives which are packed with non-nutritive bulking agents, preservatives, artificial flavourings, inflammatory veg oils and in alot of cases powdered eggs with flow agents.
Here’s what you’ll find in every serving of Avocado Oil Mayonnaise:
- Healthy Fats – Most people associate mayonnaise with being high in fat, and that’s true. Mayonnaise is an incredibly dense source of dietary fat, but in a good quality mayo these are fats which are beneficial to health, super nutritious and essential for our bodies to function best. Avo oil mayonnaise is a good source of monounsaturated fats such as oleic acid, which help to protect heart health and even promote fat oxidation aiding in weight loss. By chossing avocado oil instead of a seed or vegetable oil, you are also helping to improve your omega 3 to 6 ratio.
- Vitamins – Avocado oil mayonnaise is high in B Vitamins as well as Vits C, E and K. Just 25ml of avocado oil provides 100% of your recommended dose of Vitamin E, helping to support eye, skin and immune health. What’s more, the healthy fats found in mayonnaise help your body to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins, bonus!
- Minerals – Avo Mayo is a good source of Potassium and Magnesium, essential micronutrients which help to support bone and muscle strength as well as immunity and cardiovascular health.
- Antioxidants – Healthy fats such as avocado oil are a rich source of beta-carotene, tocopherols and carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin – all powerful antioxidants which help to protect the whole body from cellular damage.
Most of these amazing nutrients come from the oil in the recipe, in this case avocado oil. Switch it out for an alternative oil such as vegetable or seed-sourced and you’ll have a different story altogether. Read our blog here as to why we believe you should avoid seed oils completely in your lifestyle in the pursuit of Optimal Health and Wellbeing.
That’s why perhaps the most important thing to do when choosing or making a mayo is to opt for a healthy oil, not an inflammatory oil – always check the ingredients list!
Which Mayonnaise is Best for Keto?
Most mayonnaise is high fat and low carb, making it the perfect balance for a keto diet. Having said this, you’ll want to make sure that your mayo is free-from any keto no-goes such as added sugar, artificial ingredients and veg or seed oils.
Main branded mayonnaise such as Heinz and Helmmanns all (at the time of posting this) contains rapeseed, sunflower or other blends of oils. Even the "Avocado Oil" mayonnaise blend by one of these big players has a small percentage of avocado oil with the remaining oil being made up for seed or vegetable oils. There are also olive oil mayonnaise on the market, which contain only 4% avocado oil - I know it's shocking marketing in our opinion! Always be sure to check the back of the jars/bottles before purchasing.
Arguably, mayonnaise made from avocado oil is the best for a keto diet, providing a whopping dose of good fats and health-optimising nutrients with a mild flavour that won’t overpower the other ingredients. This compares with the GMOs, preservatives and more dominant flavour profile you’d get from canola, rapeseed or soybean used in many mass-produced mayos.
Which Mayonnaise is Gluten Free?
Most mayonnaise is gluten-free if it sticks to the core ingredients of a traditional recipe: eggs, vinegar / lemon juice, oil and salt / spices. That’s because these ingredients are naturally gluten-free! It is where other ingredients are added that those following a gluten-free diet come into problems. So, as always it’s best to check the ingredients list if gluten-free isn’t clearly displayed on the packaging. We would also recommend being careful of mayonnaise where they do not declare what vinegar is used. Barley Malt vinegar can be a problem for those who follow a gluten-free diet. Check out the Blog post on Hidden Wheats, for other names to look out for in the ingredients list.
Which Mayonnaise is Healthiest?
Again, this largely depends on the oil used in the recipe. Industrial seed and vegetable oils are bad for us because of how they are processed and heat-treated to maximise their yield. This makes them highly inflammatory, which is often the root cause of underlying health problems. They also create an imbalance in our omega-6 to omega-3 ratios, which can also affect our health.
For this reason, avoiding mayos which use veg or seed oils should be your main priority when choosing a healthy mayo. That leaves you with a few mainstream choices: coconut, olive or avocado oil. All of these are good for us, but the most nutrient-dense and flavour neutral has to be avocado oil - which makes a creamy and delicious mayonnaise variant. Overall, mayonnaise made with avocado oil would be our answer as to which mayonnaise is healthiest!
Easy Avocado Oil Mayonnaise Recipe
So, if avo mayo is the healthiest, how can you turn your gorgeous emerald green avocado oil into a silky-smooth mayo at home?! Here’s our recipe for a Simple 4-Ingredient Paleo, Keto and Seed Oil-Free Avocado Oil Mayonnaise. By making your own mayo you can be sure that it’s sugar-free, gluten-free and Keto & Paleo approved.
Remember, you’ll need to eat up within a few days as the recipe uses fresh egg yolks as opposed to the lab-tested, pasteurised yolks we use in our jarred mayos which last much longer – but we are sure that’s a challenge you’re willing to take on!
Mayonnaise Recipe for Coleslaw
Coleslaw is a favourite recipe when it comes to using mayonnaise. As with mayonnaise itself, not all coleslaw is the same and you can often find lots of unwanted nasties in store-bought coleslaw. For a healthy coleslaw recipe that’s in-keeping with your Real Food lifestyle, check out our Avocado Oil Mayonnaise Coleslaw recipe or our Asian Slaw recipe to make your own from scratch.
Mayo Recipe Without Egg
Most mayonnaise recipes call for eggs, usually their yolks, to emulsify the mayo and create that silky-smooth texture we know and love. But what about vegan mayonnaise recipes or a recipe for those that have allergies? Is mayo a no-go for those following a plant-based diet or those allergic to eggs? No!
We created our egg-free Mayocado to provide a delicious, nutritious but egg-free version of the avocado oil mayo we know and love. In place of egg, we use pea protein and konjac root (an Asian plant) to emulsify the mixture, so it’s 100% Vegan-friendly and suitable for those with egg allergies.
For an at-home recipe, you can use aquafaba (the liquid in cans of chickpeas) in place of the egg yolk in the traditional recipe - for the same emulsifying properties without the egg – and with a bit of practice!
Is your homemade mayonnaise to runny?
One problem you can face when doing DIY mayo is that the consistency is too runny. That’s usually because all eggs and their yolks are different sizes, no matter what the box says!
To rescue a runny mayo try adding just 2 teaspoons of boiling water and re-blending, this should reactivate the lecithin in the egg yolks and help to emulsify the mixture, thickening the mayo.
Can Mayonnaise be Frozen?
It’s perfectly safe to eat frozen and then thawed-out mayonnaise but not always too palatable!
Because mayonnaise relies on the ingredients being emulsified together (the oil and the water), freezing can cause these to separate much like when you leave a vinaigrette in the fridge and don’t shake it up.
So, you’ll end up having to try and re-blend them together which doesn’t always work!
We would recommend ensuring that you keep mayonnaise, especially homemade or avocado oil mayonnaise in the door of the fridge, to avoid it getting too cold and freezing. Avocado oil has a higher freezing point to seed and vegetable oils and can, therefore, freeze at higher temperatures. The best temperature range to store your mayonnaise is between 3-6 C.
Mayonnaise Recipe for Moisturising your Hair
Last but not least, let’s get our heads around mayonnaise for hair! That’s right, some of us are as keen to dollop mayonnaise on our hair as we are our plates. That’s because the high oil content is extremely nourishing and can penetrate hair cells to hydrate them, making them strong and glossy.
We love natural life hacks such as hair mayonnaise. When you next make a batch or if you have some remaining in your jar of Hunter & Gather mayo - be sure to dollop some on wet hair and leave for 10-15 minutes. Rinse well with cooler water.
Alternatively, you can use pure avocado oil to nourish your hair as a leave-in serum. Just rub a small amount into your hands and run through your hair. This works really well to smooth any flyaways.
Flick that A'Mayo"zing hair back and forth with pride!
Hunter & Gather Avocado Oil Mayonnaise
Now that you’re a mayonnaise expert, why not learn more about Hunter & Gather Avocado Oil Mayonnaise? We simply use 4 Real Food ingredients for our basic avocado oil mayonnaise recipe. You can learn more about them below:
- Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
- British Free-Range Eggs
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Pink Himalayan Salt
We’re sure you’ll have noticed that this makes our mayo the downright best in the world?! If you’d like some for yourself you can grab yours here!
Ways to Use Your Mayo: Avocado Oil Mayonnaise Recipes
Our mayos are perfect for dipping and dolloping but they can also be a great addition to meals, sauces and much more for a double-whammy flavour and nutrient boost! Here’s some of our favourite Avocado Oil Mayonnaise recipes:
- Seaweed Sushi Rolls with Avo Mayo or Mayocado
- Egg Free White Sauce with Mayocado
- Spicy Keto Cheese and Beef Taco Boats
- Seared Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi with Pomegranate Seeds & Wasabi Mayo
- Potato and Egg Mayo Salad
- Avocado Oil Mayonnaise Coleslaw
- Warm Smoked Pepper Mackerel with a Caper & Garlic Mayo
- Soft Boiled Eggs with Avocado Tips & Truffled Mayo
- Tuna and Avocado Mayo Dip
We’d love to see your Real Food mayo creations so don’t forget to share your wonderful recipes and photos with us, on email, or our social channels too!