Eat This, Not That Mayo

By Nikki Doering, RD, LD
August 13, 2019

homemademayonnaise.jpgSalads made with mayonnaise are a summer favorite. However, not all mayos are created equal; so, how do we know if we are eating a healthy mayo or a refined oil which may be doing more harm than good?

Let’s take a deeper look into keeping our bodies healthy with mayo as a healing fat.

At Nutritional Weight & Wellness we explain that healthy fats are important for healing our cells and bodies. We say things like, “Eat fat to lose weight,” and “Eating Fat doesn’t make you fat.” One fat we include in the list of healthy fats is mayonnaise – but just like any processed food, you need to look at the label to determine what is in the product. Not all brands of mayo are the same or have the same health benefits.

When looking for a healthy version of mayo, you want to find one that has a cold-pressed or expeller-pressed oil, such as expeller-pressed safflower oil or cold-pressed avocado oil. Cold-pressed or expeller-pressed oils were made with the least amount of processing, meaning the oil was pressed out of the plant. The less the oil is processed, the healthier it is for our bodies.

So with those qualifiers in mind (and if you’re writing your grocery list now!) here are our favorite kinds of mayonnaise.

Eat This Mayonnaise

  1. Hain Mayonnaise (made from expeller-pressed safflower oil)
  2. Primal Kitchen Avocado Mayo (made with avocado oil)
  3. Homemade Healthy Mayo

Now that you know what to look for let’s focus on what to avoid and why certain mayonnaise options aren’t healthy. Many mayo brands contain damaged vegetable oils in the form of refined oils. When a vegetable oil is refined it goes through a lengthy process including chemical processing and high- temperature heating which creates a damaged fat. These damaged fats are harder for our bodies to process and aren’t great for our health since they are inflammatory. Chronic inflammation can cause multiple health problems including weight gain and pain. These damaged oils can also increase your risk of metabolic syndrome, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and autoimmune diseases.

Do Not Eat This Mayonnaise

  1. Hellman’s (made with soybean oil)
  2. Kraft Olive Oil Mayo (contains some olive oil as well as soybean and canola oil)
  3. Miracle Whip (made with soybean oil)

Mayo can be a great healthy fat to include in your balanced eating plan. Just remember to read labels when choosing which mayo to add to a grilled hamburger patty or mix into a chicken salad. Plus, don’t be overwhelmed to make your own if you can’t find the brands I listed above; it couldn’t be easier and will probably be the best mayo you’ve ever had!

Here's a great recipe to use that homemade mayonnaise:

chickensalad.jpgChicken Salad Supreme

Makes 3 servings | Gluten free and dairy free

16 oz. chicken breast (cooked and cubed)
3 hard-boiled eggs (quartered)
1 ½ c. apples or grapes (diced)
¾ c. safflower mayonnaise 
1 ½ c. celery (sliced)
1-2 Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar
dash of salt
dash of onion powder


  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Serve on a bed of greens.


About the author

Nikki is a licensed dietitian at Nutritional Weight & Wellness. Nikki has seen firsthand the tremendous impact nutrition can have on your brain and body. After suffering a concussion with a multitude of related symptoms, Nikki felt lost. “Fortunately I stumbled on a Dishing Up Nutrition podcast on just that topic full of nutrition advice that helped me immensely.” Nikki’s main goal was accomplished when she healed her brain and improved her memory and concentration. Nikki is a registered dietitian and licensed dietitian through the Minnesota Board of Nutrition and Dietetics. She received her B.S. in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.

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Trader Joe's makes a decent mayo, as well, using expeller pressed canola.
August 15, 2019 at 1:24 am


Expeller pressed canola oil is definitely better than regular canola oil and it’s alright to have some of it for most people, but expeller pressed canola oil is still more of an inflammatory fat then using a mayo with avocado oil.

All canola oil is GMO if not organic or specifically stated Non-GMO. I have also heard that safflower oil is not good, but can't remember why. I have not been able to find a safe mayonnaise and sure would like to. They all seem to have something in them that is not healthy.
August 15, 2019 at 4:29 pm


You could try making your own, we have a great recipe here for Homemade Mayo and this way you have full control over the ingredients added. It's easier then you would think. 

I have always thought you need to buy pasteurized eggs if you're making something with eggs that you won't be cooking. I didn't see mention of this in your mayo recipe.
Is it necessary to use pasteurized?
August 15, 2019 at 9:47 pm


If you’re concerned about the risk of using raw eggs, just be sure you do use pasteurized eggs. The elderly, pregnant women, children or anyone who’s immune-compromised we would recommend using pasteurized eggs for this recipe.

How long can you safely store "Eat This Mayonnaise" in the fridge?
August 16, 2019 at 3:03 pm


When stored in a glass jar that seals well, this Homemade Mayo will last up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. 

Arlene Roehl
What is it that gives Miracle Whip it's 'zing'? If I could add that to home made Mayo, I think I'd be a happy camper. Otherwise, I stick to mustard...
August 17, 2019 at 11:50 pm


You could try this Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe and play with the acid ratio maybe add a little more mustard, lemon juice, or vinegar to see if you can get the right tang level for you. 

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