I’ve been a die hard Hellmann’s Mayonnaise lover for as long as I can remember. I’ve tried many different brands, but always come back to Hellmann’s. So I was jumping for joy in the aisle of my local grocery store when I saw this on the shelf. It Organic Hellmann’s Mayonnaise.
In my effort to try to eat better and eliminate things that cause my health to go south, I’ve switched to all things organic. Okay, well maybe not ALL things. But as much as I can possibly do at the moment. My hope is to someday have a world where there are always better options than to purchase products made with GMO and pesticide laden ingredients.
And I’ll be honest. I’ve tried several of the expensive organic mayo’s from the specialty stores. Most of them are barely tolerable. The closest I’ve come to Hellmann’s is making my own, which isn’t hard, but it isn’t necessarily convenient. I know…I know…if I want to have all things healthy, then I shouldn’t complain, right? Uh…NO. And here’s why.
Just because the food companies tell us we can only get things cheap and convenient if we sacrifice quality is a complete sham. That’s what THEY want us to believe. But it’s just not true. If the food companies TRULY cared about their customers, they’d be making excellent quality products and finding producers that will do it at a fair price. So I vote with my dollars as much as possible to promote the healthy organic food movement. 🙂
So back to the mayo…
I looked at the ingredients of the organic. Then I looked at the ingredients of the regular.
Okay, there are some slight differences, but overall it appears to be the same ingredients.
Now, I used to work for one of the big food corps. So I know more than the average bear about how these labels are created and what goes into creating them. But the main thing you need to know, is that the listing on the label is in the order of greatest to smallest ingredient.
In other words, Soybean Oil is the first ingredient, so it has to be the most in the product. Natural Flavors are the least item in the product. Make sense?
Okay, so now onto the tasting. I mean, if what the big AG companies are saying and there is NO difference in GMO ingredients vs. non-GMO, Organic ingredients, then these should taste pretty similar, right? That’s what I thought, too. Until I tasted it.
How is it possible that this could go SO wrong. I mean, it even feels differently than the original mayonnaise. And did they even bother to test this on people who used mayonnaise?
Well, I immediately went to their website and noticed many other people with the same reaction I did. So I decided to post a review, which they promptly denied because I mentioned the GMO ingredients. Figures.
So I figured I post it here. Sorry Hellmann’s. This is a fail. If you decide to try again, send some to me and I’ll let you know if you are even close.
HSC Recommendation: Take a pass.