May­on­naise (Eg­g­less)

Wor­ried about the fat, are you?

Consumer Voice - - The Surveillance Series / Mayonnaise (Eggless) -

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.

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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