Basing on its shiny fatty look, mayonnaise is considered the highest food product in fat but calories in it vary according to their types.
Though mayonnaise is made up of vegetable oils like canola and soya bean, which are sources of omega-3 fatty acids, it has high amount of fat and advisable to restrict its intake.
The low or reduced fat versions are simply not oily enough. For weight-watchers and dieters, mayonnaise can be a mortal enemy as well as those allergic to eggs.
Mayonnaise frequently contains soybean oil, which very often comes from GMO soybeans yet about 87 percent of soybean crops in USA are genetically modified. What is worrisome is that, studies link genetic modification to sterility and infant mortality high rates.
Mayonnaise is available in different brands and types such as canola, light, fat free, etc and the calories in mayonnaise also varies accordingly.
However, one tablespoon of regular mayonnaise contains around 57 to 114 calories. The calorie contents in fat free and light variety of mayonnaises are 10 and 25 respectively.
If it is based on canola, the calorie level is very low. The calories in mayonnaise are different if it is prepared by using olive oil or tofu or other oils.
If prepared by avoiding cholesterol, the calorie level in one cup of mayonnaise may approximately be 1644.3.
A study on mayonnaise nutrition facts shows that 231g of mayonnaise has 769 calories, 77g fats, 11g saturated fats, 18g monounsaturated fats and 45g polyunsaturated fats. The total amount of carbohydrate is 15g and sugar is 10g.
It also contains 4916mg omega-3 and 40131mg omega-6 fats, 14.9 mg vitamin E, 57.1 mg vitamin K and 16.2 mg choline.
If you can’t avoid mayonnaise, opt for organic, sugar-free mustard.