Hunter & Gather 100% Avocado Oil Mayonnaise is a little more evolved than your average mayonnaise.
Hunter & Gather mayonnaise are all:
Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Mustard Free, Free From Industrial Vegetable and Seed oils such as Rapeseed (Canola oil), Sunflower and Soybean oils, Artificial Preservatives Free, Emulsifier Free and Thickener Free.
What makes your mayonnaise suitable for the Keto Diet?
When searching for an approved mayo, be sure not to just check the macros but also the ingredients of the mayonnaise itself. Rapeseed oil (Canola), sunflower oil and sugar should be avoided. Vegetable and Seed oils are inflammatory and we believe are best avoided in the pursuit of Optimal Health and Wellness. Hunter & Gather mayos only use 100% avocado oil and no blends of oils. They are also low in carbohydrates and sugar free but packed with great monounsaturated fats.
What is your mayonnaise recipe?
We use a base of 4 real food ingredients such as Avocado Oil, British Free Range Egg yolk (from St Ewe Farms), Apple Cider Vinegar and Pink Himalayan salt. With our flavoured mayos we use the same base ingredients with added natural flavours such as garlic & black pepper or chipotle chilli and lime juice.
Why use avocado oil?
The oil in our mayonnaise is cold-pressed from the flesh of the avocado. High in monounsaturated fatty acids, it is non-inflammatory and has a subtle creamy flavour.
- Monounsaturated Fats – These are often termed ‘heart healthy’ fats as they work in the body to increase levels of HDL or ‘good’ cholesterol and lower levels of LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol. We all need fat in our diets, and the fats present in avocados are some of the healthiest around.
- Oleic Acid – A type of monounsaturated fatty acid that has been shown to lower blood pressure, protect cells from free radical damage and increase fat oxidation.
- Ratio of fats – Our avo oil has an impressive fatty acid profile, consisting of 70% monounsaturated, 16% saturated and only 14% polyunsaturated fats. All oils contain a combination of fatty acids, but avocado oil has one of the healthiest ratios of fats with a higher monounsaturated fat percentage.
Why should I avoid mayonnaise made with rapeseed (canola) or sunflower oils?
There is a growing body of evidence and blogs that supports the avoidance of industrial inflammatory oils in our diets, such as rapeseed (also known as canola) or sunflower oil. Many believe that these oils are contributing to modern diseases (through inflammation) that are becoming more prevalent in modern times. There are a number of reasons why we believe rapeseed, sunflower and vegetable oils should be avoided completely (not solely in mayonnaise):
1) Industrially produces seed oils have only been present in our diets for a few hundred years, comparing this to the years of human evolution - this is a very short amount of time indeed. Rapeseed oil was originally used as engine lubricant and was toxic for human consumption
2) These highly processed seed and vegetable oils are often extracted using strong chemical solvents or hexanes, to produce a higher yield of oil. Some oils are also treated with deodorising chemicals or colourants too - with residual levels of chemicals present in the oil itself
3) Industrial seed and vegetable oils, disrupt our omega 3 to 6 ratio. These vegetable and seed oils are high in Omega 6 which in term creates chronic inflammation in our bodies (contributing to chronic disease) - especially as these oils are present in a number of foods due to their cheapness for food producers
4) Industrial seed and vegetable oils oxidise rapidly and are unstable, especially when heated.
Mayonnaise in particular is made up of over 50% oil, in some mayonnaise brands the oil can be over 80% - therefore the quality of oil, is of upmost importance when picking a mayonnaise. Due to mayonnaise having such a high level of oil, in most cases when industrial oils are used, you will also find chemical preservatives (to help stop it oxidising) as well as sugars to mask the taste of the strong oil.
Be sure to choose a mayonnaise that is 100% avocado oil and avoid blends. There are some very cheeky marketeers out there that are stating "Avocado Oil Mayonnaise" or "Olive oil mayonnaise" when in fact it only contains a small amount of these oils and is mostly made up with seed or vegetable oils like rapeseed (canola oil) or sunflower oils.