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Worried about the fat, are you?

Mayonnaise is one of the most popular condiments out there. Its characteristic creamy yet slightly sour taste makes it a delectable base for dressings, dips and sauces, as well as a flavour enhancer for sandwiches, salads and, yes, egg bhurjis. Yet, mayonnaise is not exactly something that health enthusiasts would go gaga over. For one, it is mostly fat, with commercially produced mayonnaise having more than 50 per cent fat. Interestingly, all three India-manufactured brands that we tested claim to be ‘proprietary’, and hence effectively outside the purview of specifications. so, what should the consumer know and expect?

We tested four popular brands of eggless mayonnaise for fats/oils composition in terms of saturated fat, unsaturated fats, trans fat and cholesterol. One brand, American Garden, was imported from the USA. Other brands were manufactured in India and all were proprietary food – this means there are no specifications for these under Food Safety & Standards Regulations. These were tested in an NABL-accredited laboratory.

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The good news is that none of the brands showed presence of trans fats and cholesterol. We also checked the brands for bacterial contamination, as discussed in detail below.

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Mayonnaise is a condiment sauce obtained by emulsifying edible vegetable oil(s) in an aqueous phase, the oil-in-water emulsion. It comes under the class of foods commonly referred to as salad dressings or salad cream. Other ingredients may be sugar, salt, milk solids, acids, preservatives, stabilisers and emulsifiers, etc.

Side by Side comparison

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American Garden Vegetarian ₹ 340
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Cremica Veg ₹ 135
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Del Monte ₹ 110
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Fun Foods Veg ₹ 79
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Highlights
MRP (RS)
Mayonnaise : 340
Mayonnaise : 135
Mayonnaise : 110
Mayonnaise : 79
Net Weight
Mayonnaise : 473 Gm
Mayonnaise : 450 Gm
Mayonnaise : 330 Gm
Mayonnaise : 275 Gm
Unit Price (Rs) of 100 grams
Mayonnaise : 72
Mayonnaise : 30
Mayonnaise : 33
Mayonnaise : 29
Best before
Mayonnaise : 18 Months
Mayonnaise : 9 Months
Mayonnaise : 12 Months
Mayonnaise : 5 Months
Marketed/Manufactured/ Imported by
Mayonnaise : Bajario Foods Pvt. Ltd
Mayonnaise : Cremica Food Industries Ltd
Mayonnaise : Fieldfresh Foods Pvt. Ltd
Mayonnaise : Dr Oetker India Pvt. Ltd
Parameters Tested
Mayonnaise : 54.59 %
Mayonnaise : 53.94 %
Mayonnaise : 52.27 %
Mayonnaise : 51.21 %

Fat/oil is an essential part of our diet, being a main source of energy. However, when eaten in large amounts, all fats, including healthy fats, can contribute to weight gain.

On the labels, American Garden declared soya bean and/or canola oil, Fun Foods refined soya bean oil, and Cremica and Del Monte vegetable oil. Cremica and Delmonte did not specify the type of oil used, which means they are not transparent in declaration.

  • Oil Content varied from 51.21 per cent to 54.59 per cent
  • Mayonnaise : 57.1 %
    Mayonnaise : 60 %
    Mayonnaise : 54.4 %
    Mayonnaise : 51.8 %
    In all brands oil percentage was found to be less than the label claim.
    Mayonnaise : 9.8 %
    Mayonnaise : 10.99 %
    Mayonnaise : 9.42 %
    Mayonnaise : 8.45 %
    Eating greater amounts of saturated fat (saturated fatty acids) is linked with an increased risk of heart disease and high blood cholesterol levels. So, lower is better for consumers.
  • Lowest saturated fat was found in Fun Foods (8.45 per cent).
  • Mayonnaise : 44.78 %
    Mayonnaise : 42.95 %
    Mayonnaise : 42.85 %
    Mayonnaise : 42.75 %
    There are two main types of unsaturated fats: monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. These fats help reduce the risk of heart disease and also lower cholesterol levels. So, higher is better for consumers.
  • Highest unsaturated fat was found in American Garden (44.78 per cent).
  • Mayonnaise : No trans fat was detected in the lab results for the four brands.
    Mayonnaise : No trans fat was detected in the lab results for the four brands.
    Mayonnaise : No trans fat was detected in the lab results for the four brands.
    Mayonnaise : No trans fat was detected in the lab results for the four brands.
    Trans fat raises our bad cholesterol and lowers good cholesterol.
    Mayonnaise : Cholesterol was not detected in the lab results.
    Mayonnaise : Cholesterol was not detected in the lab results.
    Mayonnaise : Cholesterol was not detected in the lab results.
    Mayonnaise : Cholesterol was not detected in the lab results.
    Cholesterol is a type of fat/oil in our blood. It is both friend and foe. It is an essential substance for the body’s normal functioning, but if levels in the blood get too high, it becomes a silent danger that puts us at risk of a heart attack.

    Cholesterol is two types:
    i) low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as ‘bad’ cholesterol, and
    ii) highdensity lipoprotein (HDL), also known as ‘good’ cholesterol.

    Mayonnaise : All brands had labelling as required by the rules and regulations.
    Mayonnaise : All brands had labelling as required by the rules and regulations.
    Mayonnaise : All brands had labelling as required by the rules and regulations.
    Mayonnaise : All brands had labelling as required by the rules and regulations.
    The following information shall be clearly and indelibly marked on the label of each container/ packet as per Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations and Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules:
  • Name of the product
  • Trade name, if any
  • Name and address of manufacturer
  • Batch or code number
  • Ingredients in descending order
  • Net quantity in grams/ml
  • Date, month and year of manufacture
  • The words ‘Best before’ (months to be indicated)
  • Nutritional information
  • Green dot indicating vegetarian status
  • FSSAI license number
  • Storage information
  • Maximum Retail Price (MRP)
  • Customer-care details
  • Bacterial contamination is a serious issue for all food products. We conducted tests for total plate count (TPC) and Salmonella.

    Mayonnaise : 10
    Mayonnaise : 260
    Mayonnaise : 10
    Mayonnaise : 10
    Total plate count is the amount of viable bacteria in a food product and serves as a key indicator of the product’s overall quality and safety.
  • Total plate count in Cremica was found to be 260 cfu/gram, while in other brands it was below 10 cfu/ gram. As mentioned earlier, for proprietary food there is no standard in India’s Food Safety and Standards Regulations. As per Food Safety Regulations in New Zealand, the maximum permissible limit for TPC in mayonnaise is 10,000. In view of this, all brands we tested can be considered as safe for human consumption.
  • Mayonnaise : In all of the brands, Salmonella was found absent per 25 grams, making them safe for human consumption.
    Mayonnaise : In all of the brands, Salmonella was found absent per 25 grams, making them safe for human consumption.
    Mayonnaise : In all of the brands, Salmonella was found absent per 25 grams, making them safe for human consumption.
    Mayonnaise : In all of the brands, Salmonella was found absent per 25 grams, making them safe for human consumption.
    Salmonella, the name of a group of bacteria, is one of the most common causes of food poisoning.

    As per Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011, every package shall bear the name, address, telephone number, and email address, if available, of the person who can be – or the office that can be – contacted in case of consumer complaints.

    Customer Care No.
    Mayonnaise : 2226367100
    Mayonnaise : 18002082254
    Mayonnaise : 1244109436
    Mayonnaise : 1002700481
    Email ID
    Mayonnaise : info@bajariafoods.com
    Mayonnaise : customercare@cremica.com
    Mayonnaise : feedback@delmontefoods.in
    Mayonnaise : service@oetker.in
    Observation
    Mayonnaise : Working
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