Mayonnaise calo?

Mayonnaise. That creamy, tangy, and unapologetically rich condiment that has been a staple in sandwich-making for centuries. But with its delicious taste comes the burning question – how many calories are in it? Well, dear reader, prepare to embark on a journey of discovery as we delve into the world of mayonnaise calo.

The basics

Let’s start with some basic information about mayonnaise. It is made from oil (typically soybean or canola), egg yolks, vinegar or lemon juice, salt, and spices such as mustard powder or garlic. As you might imagine from this ingredient list alone (yum alert: oil + egg yolk), mayonnaise is not typically considered a health food.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), one tablespoon of commercially prepared mayonnaise contains approximately 94 calories. This number can vary slightly depending on the brand and specific recipe used.

But before you go swearing off mayo forever (gasp), remember that it does also offer some nutritional benefits in small quantities. It contains heart-healthy unsaturated fats and vitamin E (woo hoo!), making it an acceptable addition to your diet when enjoyed in moderation.


While traditional mayo is made using raw eggs which comes with risks due to salmonella concerns (oh no! danger zone!), there are plenty of variants for people who prefer vegan options without eggs included into their avocado-egg salad sandwich recipes (vegetarian pals rejoice).

Vegan mayo is growing increasingly popular since last few years containing vegan-friendly ingredients like apple cider vinegar & Dijon Mustard plus chickpea/soy based substitute instead of egg yolk:

  • Hampton Creek’s “Just Mayo”
  • Spectrum Naturals’ Organic Vegan Eggless Light Canola Mayo
  • Follow Your Heart Vegenaise
  • Sir Kensington’s Fabanaise Vegan Mayo made with Aquafaba!

What about low-fat mayonnaise?

Many people assume that opting for a low-fat version of their favorite foods is the best way to go if they are looking to cut calories, and mayonnaise is no exception. While it’s true that reduced fat mayos do contain fewer calories (less calo – yay!), they often make up for this by loading up on sugar and other additives to compensate for the loss of flavor.

In some cases, manufacturers will replace oil with high fructose corn syrup or other sweeteners in order to maintain taste which might not be ideal from a health perspective (a bit underhanded!). So, while it’s worth comparing calorie counts between regular and reduced-fat versions of mayo when making your sandwich or salad dressing choice, you should also consider other factors such as sugar content and overall ingredient quality.

Aside from commercially produced options available in stores; one can also prepare homemade light/low-calorie variants:

DIY Light Mayonnaise Recipe
  • Ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 garlic clove minced (helloooo zesty)
    • Pinch salt & Pepper
    • Juice of half lemon

Combine all ingredients together until smooth, refrigerate before use.

In summary

Mayonnaise contains approximately as much calo as you’d expect – funnily enough! However smaller amounts of consumption every now & then doesn’t hurt anyone; considering preferences mentioned earlier mustering our favourite sauce seems like an easy task after-all! So don’t skip out on indulging in the creamy goodness we all know and love without feeling guilty next time around.

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