This creamy spread definitely brings comfort to many of our favorites, like sandwiches, dips and salad dressings.
In the last few years, the food industry has been listening to health-conscious consumers looking for healthier versions of this timeless classic.
Enters “Olive Oil” Mayonnaise.
It sounds like a great idea. At first glance that is.
Olive oil and free-run eggs are healthy, aren’t they?
Not so fast!
If we look closer with my powerful Radicata X-Ray Machine, we can see that the expression “don’t judge a book by its cover” definitely (and unfortunately) applies here.
Let’s have a look at the ingredient list.
Canola oil is actually what comes first, not olive oil (although they try to mix them together so we don’t really know).
By law, ingredients are listed in descending order by weight. This means that the first ingredients are present in the largest amount and the last ingredient is found in the smallest amount (by weight).
As a no-nonsense registered dietitian & nutritionist, I have a big pet peeve with canola oil.
Even though other dietitians and even health associations (unfortunately) claim it’s a “heart-healthy fat”.
I actually go out of my way to AVOID it.
I know why they add it.
First, it is cheaper than olive oil.
Secondly, it has a more neutral taste that is more acceptable for most people’s palate.
Why is canola oil bad?
- Canola oil is highly refined and processed (including degumming, neutralizing, drying, bleaching and deodorizing) using hexane and other chemicals (which residues can be present in the oil). You can read the full process here and see a video here.
- 98% of canola is genetically modified (GMO) and in addition to not fully knowing the impact of GMOs on human health, we know GMOs are grown using more pesticides and agricultural chemicals (including glycphosate or Roundup) which WE KNOW is VERY detrimental for our health and the environment.
- Canola oil is high in polyunsaturated fats and is devoid of nutrition. Polyunsaturated fats are highly sensitive to oxidation and rancid fats are harmful to our health by causing inflammation. Unlike ther more traditional fats like olive oil, canola oil does not provide any nutritional value.
The REAL healthier alternative to regular mayo
If you’re looking for a healthier alternative, I would suggest making your own mayo with quality oils. That’s the best way to control the quality of the ingredients used! It is actually more simple than you think and there are many videos online that can teach you how to do it.
If you’re not up for that challenge just yet, I recommend looking for mayonnaise made with avocado oil (not mixed with other oils!) and with organic eggs. Like this one from Primal Kitchen.
Here are the ingredient list: Avocado Oil, Organic Cage-Free Eggs, Organic Egg Yolks, Organic Vinegar, Sea Salt, Rosemary Extract.
That’s what I’m talking about!
And the taste is really good, I tried it!
What is your verdict?
Are you convinced to ditch commercial “Olive Oil” mayonnaise and canola oil?
I challenge you to start looking at food labels to become aware of all the foods containing canola oil.
Let me know what you think in the comments below!
p.s. I am not picking on any brands. This is just ONE of MANY examples of how the food industry is trying to trick us into buying their products… The goal of Friday Food X-Ray is to shed light on this impostors and find healthier alternatives that help you feel as good as you deserve to feel!