Are you interested in switching over to Vegenaise, or trying it? Wondering what it is made of and how it can mimic regular mayo while remaining vegan-friendly? Well, here is all you need to know.
So, what is Vegenaise made of? Vegenaise is made of Expeller-Pressed Rapeseed Oil (67%), Filtered Water, Brown Rice Syrup, Apple Cider Vinegar, Soya Protein (1%), Sea Salt, Mustard Flour and Lemon Juice Concentrate.
Vegenaise is a branded product, by the way.
It’s the vegan mayo of the company ‘Follow Your Heart’; a vegan and vegetarian food company that launched in California, in 1970.
Since then, the company has sold its signature product Vegenaise; an egg-free mayonnaise substitute that has become synonymous with Vegan-Friendly mayo.
But how have they managed to create such a product?
Let’s find out!
What Makes Vegenaise Vegan?
Vegetable proteins are used in place of eggs; this is what makes Vegenaise vegan. At the same time, these plant proteins are what give Vegenaise a similarly smooth and creamy texture and consistency to regular mayo, by creating the emulsion that is required for this sauce.
It is essentially the replacement of eggs, and animal welfare practices, that enables Vegenaise to be an entirely vegan-friendly option.
Does Vegenaise Taste Like Mayo?
Vegenaise does taste like regular mayo; it is similarly smooth and creamy. However, Vegenaise is considered generally lighter and is more delicate. It is not as sweet or sour as your typical mayonnaise brand.
How Many Calories Are In Vegenaise?
There are 86 calories per serving (14g/ each tablespoon) of Vegenaise. Alternatively, a 100g serving (equivalent to 7 tablespoons) provides 612 calories.
Below, you can find the full nutrition of Follow Your Heart Vegenaise:
|Typical Values||Per 100 g||Per Portion (14 g)|
|Energy||2560 kJ /||360 kJ /|
|–||612 kcal||86 kcal|
|Fat||67.0 g||9.4 g|
|– of which saturates||4.0 g||0.6 g|
|Carbohydrate||3.3 g||0.5 g|
|– of which sugars||2.2 g||0.3 g|
|Protein||1.7 g||0.2 g|
|Salt||1.3 g||0.2 g|
|Omega-3 Fatty Acids||6100 mg||850 mg|
Is Vegenaise Better For You Than Mayonnaise?
Vegenaise is considered somewhat healthier than regular mayonnaise; providing less cholesterol, saturated fat, and calories, per serving.
That being said, it is still processed food made from primarily refined oil. It, therefore, has minimal nutrition and should be eaten in moderation.
As such, Vegenaise should be enjoyed in much the same way as any other sauce – part of a balanced and healthy diet.
Of course, there is one distinction here. And that is with light mayonnaise.
Light mayonnaise does tend to have fewer calories as it is made from less oil.
Of course, it does depend on the brand and recipe.
Although below, you can see the differences among the three products:
|Total||Vegenaise (Vegan Mayo)||Regular Mayonnaise||Light Mayonnaise|
Ultimately Vegenaise is considered to be healthier than regular mayo, but similar to, or there being a negligible difference with light mayonnaise.
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