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Scorecard: What Makes for Better Mayonnaise?

There’s a lot more to mayonnaise than meets the eye. With GMOs and factory farmed eggs in many conventional brands, you and your potato salad deserve better – which is why we’ve found several great alternatives you can use instead. 

Our brand new GMO Inside mayo scorecard compares a number of leading brands, ranging from the very worst to the very best.

To learn more about what makes for better mayonnaise, see the scorecard below:

What Makes for Better Mayonnaise?

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  1. janean strong
    August 7, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    It is so incredibly easy to just make your own Mayo…. and you can add whatever seasonings inspire you. All you need is Organic oil, an organic egg, Organic lemon juice, salt, pepper and dry mustard!I love adding some garlic for a delectable aioli!

  2. sue
    August 7, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    What about Sir Kensington’s Mayonnaise? It is Non-GMO Project verified and uses cage free eggs.

  3. Carla Herwitz
    August 7, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    Get the horrible GMOs out of your mayonnaise. I love Hellman’s and Cain’s, but not those bloody GMOs

  4. mary
    August 7, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    Do not know why you give Follow Your Heart an “A” and Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo a “B”. I now much prefer Just Mayo and cannot live w/out it!

  5. Leslie
    August 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

    I’ve always loved and used Hellmann’s – guess it is time to change until they do!

  6. Louis
    August 7, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

    Thanks for the info, it really helps. May I suggest that you add an A++ category that would have a simple recipe to make your own mayonnaise.

  7. Barbara Wood
    August 7, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    thanks for the most useful info.!

  8. Karen
    August 7, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

    Sir Kensington mayo is made of non-GMO safflower oil, cage-free eggs, extra virgin olive oil and other organic ingredients. It comes in a regular and chipotle. Both are excellent and should be on this list in the “A” category.

  9. dannie282
    August 8, 2014 at 1:00 am #

    I applaud your efforts. Information like this will educate consumers and lead to better choices. I would like to see you also include evaluation of the oils in mayonnaise. Most products are made with vegetable oils (soy, canola, corn) which are likely GMO and also highly processed, some with toxic chemicals like hexane. I did my own search and the mayo I buy is made with olive, sesame, and coconut oils. It is available from I hate having to order by mail but it is worth it. I plan to approach my local natural foods store to see if they will carry it.

  10. Franklin J. Kapustka, PE
    August 8, 2014 at 1:17 am #

    Kraft used to be an industry leader in quality. Now they just suck.

  11. Nancie Evoniuk
    August 8, 2014 at 2:19 am #

    Which one non gmo mayonaise tastes the most like Helmans, my favorite? Time to change

    • Kathleen U
      August 8, 2014 at 8:24 am #

      I really like mayo and I had been a “Hellmans” fan for many years but when I decided to remove all GMOs from my house I had to find an alternative. The two brands that I use are Trader Joe’s Organic and Spectrum Organic. They are not Hellmans but knowing that I am not supporting GMOs makes me feel really good. I’ve come to appreciate the flavors of the two above mentioned mayos. Hope this helps.

  12. Shirley
    August 8, 2014 at 4:06 am #

    Mayo is my favorite condiment. It was such a challenge to source a non-GMO brand. I near gave up mayo until I found the Spectrum brand of mayo. It is creamy and delicious!

  13. jeannine
    August 8, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    Hain Safflower Mayo, I like the best and Non-GMO

  14. jeannine
    August 8, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    Hain Safflower Mayo, Non-GMO and no soy.

  15. Ruth Lanton
    August 8, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    Why do you give a higher rating to organic and vegan than you do to just organic? That seems rather arbitrary to me. What do you have against eggs?

  16. Tonia
    August 8, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    Ugh….I love Hellman’s but never considered the fact that the eggs could have GMOs from chickens that eat GMO feed. There is no substitute for that taste so it’s time to give up mayo all together & replace with avocado.

  17. Lynn Faulkner
    August 8, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    How to share this scorecard?

  18. Jill
    August 8, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    Yes, please, can anyone recommend a storebought mayo that tastes as good as Best Foods/Hellman’s?

    I’ve made my own and tried all kinds and have never found any that taste as good….(what DO they put in there, MSG ?)

  19. Jodi Abel
    August 8, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

    Nancy, I’ve been trying to find an organic mayonnaise that tastes passably like Hellman’s (our favorite also)but have had no luck so far. According to the Joy Cooking authors mayonnaise flavor comes predominantly from the oil used. Hellman’s is made with soy. I have not been able to find organic soy oil in stores or online so my plan to try making it at home has been stalled. I don’t live near a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s so have not tried their organic versions. Let us know what you think if you try them.

  20. Esther
    August 9, 2014 at 5:36 am #

    Better than what? They all contain soy or canola so GMO or not, still nothing anyone should be consuming.

  21. Donna
    August 10, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    Make it up all you want. I’m not buying.

  22. Andrea Alexander
    August 11, 2014 at 1:06 am #

    I’m with you Nancie..Hellmann’s was the favorite in my family for 4 generations. Such a shame they won’t make an organic version. That being said,(and a pipe dream) the closest I’ve found is Veganaise. It’s pricy of course, but tastes the best of the all the organic brands I tried. It was like searching for the holy grail for me, and I think I’ve bought just about all of them out there. Some I just tossed they were so bad. Finding a decent alternative was important to me since my potato salad is a huge favorite with my family and friends, and we love tuna salad too. I sustituted the Veganaise in both and nobody noticed! I had tried this several times with other brands, and everyone asked what I did differently, that it wasn’t as good. Hope this helps..btw, it’s very easy and cheaper to make your own too. The right oil and fresh organic eggs are the trick there. You need a light oil like grape seed. Try for a good recipe. The only drawback is how long it will last in the fridge and the time you have. Good luck.

  23. Micah
    August 11, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    I’m confused though. Hellmann’s uses Cage-Free which not all the other brands use. Sure they have GMO’s, but not all the other brands are as good as them with egg sourcing. Also, taste is king–I’m not eating nasty vegan mayo.

  24. Donna Marie
    August 11, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    I have tried many many non GMO mayo’s but none ever taste like Hellmann’s. I have made some similar in flavor but not the thick texture. I am so disappointed in Hellmann’s for having GMO’s and not being organic.

  25. Brandon
    August 16, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    Follow Your Heart is awesome! I laughed when I checked this out and seen it. I felt when it came on the market and I found it seeing it was Non-GMO project verified I had a feeling that I had come on to something great! And that I sure did. It is the only mayo I get, unless I was to make it myself. I had caught on to Hellmans and Dukes first ingredients being soy, which I was like OMG, its GMO! When I first learned about GMO’s I was wondering about there being a Non-GMO free mayo at stores like Publix and then there come Follow Your Heart one day to the rescue, and its vegan! I was so impressed.

  26. jeannine
    August 19, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    I found Hains’s Safflower Mayo to be a “lesser of the evils”.

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