Does Mayonnaise Have Sugar?

In this brief article, we will be discussing whether mayonnaise has sugar in it, along with some other nutritional facts and information about the dressing and how you can make a healthy version at home!

Does Mayonnaise Have Sugar?

Yes, mayonnaise does contain sugar; however, the amount is almost negligible, i.e. a 100 grams of mayonnaise contains 0.6 grams of sugar (carbohydrates). This sugar can be from the egg yolk. Commercial mayonnaise may contain more sugar, if sugar is added to the product.

This makes mayonnaise an ideal condiment for Keto dieters, since it is high in fat, low in protein, and essentially contains almost zero carbohydrates. The Code of Federal Regulations from the Food and Drug Administration regulates food nomenclature and their ingredients and defines Mayonnaise as the emulsified semisolid food prepared from vegetable oil (not less than 65 percent by weight), egg yolk and acidifying agents, such as citric or malic acid. Mayonnaise may contain emulsifying ingredients, salt, sugars, spices, monosodium glutamate, sequestrants, such as calcium disodium ethylenediamine- tetraacetate and disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetate, used to preserve color and flavor, and crystallization inhibitors, such as lecithin (1).

What is the Nutritional Profile of Mayonnaise?

According to the USDA, 100 grams of mayonnaise contains:

Energy714 Kcal
Protein0 g
Total lipid (fat)71.43 g
Carbohydrate7.14 g
Fiber0 g
Sugars0 g
Calcium, Ca0 mg
Iron, Fe0 mg
Sodium, Na571 mg
Vitamin C0 mg
Vitamin A0 IU
Saturated fatty acids,7.14 g
Trans fatty acids0 g
Cholesterol0 g  
  • 680 calories
  • 75 grams of total fat
  • 0.6 grams of sugar
  • 1 gram of protein
  • 0 grams of fiber
  • 42 milligrams of cholesterol
  • 635 milligrams of sodium
  • 20 grams of potassium
  • Iron, Vitamin D, Cobalamin (1 percent daily value for a 2000 calorie diet)

Does Commercial Mayonnaise Contain Sugar?

Unlike the homemade versions that generally contain egg yolks, oil, mustard, vinegar, and salt, some commercial manufacturers do tend to list sugar as an ingredient in their mayonnaise.

An example is Hellmann’s Mayonnaise which lists sugar among its ingredients. 

 

Which Mayonnaise Does Not Contain Added Sugar?

Duke’s Real Mayonnaise is preferred by chefs and home cooks because it contains zero sugar, and is made using egg yolks (not egg whites) which enhance its creamy texture while the cider vinegar gives it a distinct, tangy flavor. 

Also, Best Foods Real Mayonnaise does not contain sugar.

 

Is Mayonnaise Bad For Diabetics?

Just like ketchup, mayonnaise also has a bad reputation when it comes to diabetes. There is sufficient evidence suggesting that the defects in glucose uptake and storage, also diabetes, in the presence of free fatty acids may be related to abnormal fat metabolism. Although due to oil ingestion, increased plasma free fatty acids reduces insulin stimulated glucose-uptake, some vegetable oils have been found to be useful in the management of diabetes. These oils, including groundnut oil, red palm oil, coconut oil and palm kernel oil contains different fractions of fat and other component such as tocotrienols, tocopherols, oryzanol, phytosterols, which have varying effect on insulin resistance and metabolic control (2).

However, if you consume a variety that’s made from healthy fats like olive oil, and stick to only a single serving or less, mayonnaise can be a diabetes-friendly choice. 

To prevent yourself from consuming too much of the condiment, make sure you measure it before eating it.

 

Is Mayonnaise Bad For Weight Loss?

Mayonnaise is indeed extremely high in fat, but that doesn’t imply that you exclude it from your diet for life. Mayonnaise can be incorporated into a healthy diet if consumed in very small quantities. 

So if you’re trying to cut back calories but still want to enjoy some mayo once in a while, you can opt for the light and reduced-fat varieties that are commercially available. However, recent studies have shown that body weight loss can be achieved by increase in fat intake, which is mediated through early satiety or filling, resulting in lower total caloric intake compared to a carbohydrate diet that would require high filling and higher calories (2).

How Can You Make Mayonnaise At Home?

With just 4 ingredients, you can easily make mayonnaise at home in just five minutes!

Here’s what you need:

  • Two large eggs (at room temperature)
  • Two teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice OR vinegar
  • One cup of light olive oil, walnut oil, sweet almond oil, or grapeseed oil
  • A pinch of fine-grain sea salt

Just follow these instructions to make a cup of healthy and delicious mayonnaise:

  1. Separate the yolks from the egg whites. Place the yolks in a bowl with preferably high sides to avoid splashes.
  2. Pour the lemon juice or vinegar into the bowl and mix well using a sturdy wire whisk.
  3. Drop by drop, add the oil into the bowl and whisk continuously. Once the mixture starts to thicken, add the oil gradually in a steady stream. If the oil starts to accumulate, stop adding more, mix well, and continue adding more oil once it’s mixed.
  4. If the mayonnaise begins to look too thick, add water (a teaspoon at a time with mixing) to attain the desired consistency.
  5. Once everything is incorporated well, the result will be thick and fluffy mayonnaise, with ribbons forming on your whisk.
  6. Season it with a pinch of sea salt (careful not to add too much), place in an airtight container and in the fridge where it will last for up to three days. 

Why is Vinegar Required to Make Mayonnaise?

Vinegar (commonly wine vinegar) or lemon juice is required to make mayonnaise because it not only enhances flavor but also provides the acidity that is needed for the mixture to adequately form. Added to that, acid is important to lower pH of the food and a pH at 4.2 or below has shown to be effective in controlling the hazardous bacteria Salmonella in raw-egg products. In the United States, it is estimated that there are around 1.4 million illnesses and 600 deaths caused by Salmonella annually (3).

What Is An Alternative To Mayonnaise?

Yes: Miracle Whip.

Miracle Whip is made using the same ingredients used for making mayonnaise, but it is sweeter as compared to the tangy mayonnaise. Moreover, it contains less fat. 

Also, mayonnaise contains a significantly higher oil content as compared to Miracle Whip, which makes it somewhat unhealthy. 

And last but not least, Miracle Whip is much more affordable as compared to Mayonnaise.

Other FAQs about Mayonnaise that you may be interested in.

Why is mayonnaise white?

What is the difference between mayo and mayonnaise?

How long can mayonnaise be kept unrefrigerated?

Conclusion

In this brief article, we will be discussing whether mayonnaise has sugar in it, along with some other nutritional facts and information about the dressing and how you can make a healthy version at home!

References

  1. Food and Drug Administration. Code of Federal Regulations. Mayonnaise. 
  2. Ngala, Robert A., et al. Effect of dietary vegetable oil consumption on blood glucose levels, lipid profile and weight in diabetic mice: an experimental case—control study. BMC Nutr, 2016, 2, 1-8.
  3. Keerthirathne, Thilini Piushani, et al. A review of temperature, pH, and other factors that influence the survival of Salmonella in mayonnaise and other raw egg products. Pathogens, 2016, 5, 63.