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Hellmann's Low Fat Mayonnaise Dressing Review

Reviewed by Tanya Jackson | Sep 17, 2009
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Hellmanns Low Fat Mayonnaise DressingWith mayonnaise being made primarily from egg yolks and oil, it's not surprising that even light mayos still have a considerable amount of fat and calories per tablespoon. Because of this, and because I've never really been a big fan, preferring instead to just stick to Miracle Whip Light. However, with myriads of recipes calling for mayo, I thought finding a decent one that wouldn't derail my diet would be worth the effort. Knowing that a fat-free version of mayo would be wrong on some very fundamental levels, I opted instead to try Hellman's Low Fat Mayonnaise.

I opened the green-lidded jar to be greeted with what looked like most other mayo I've tried. There was no odd wobbliness or shiny sheen - just that same creamy texture and slightly yellow color that makes mayo, well ... mayo. I spread a glob onto a slice of sandwich bread and took a bite. It's actually just as bland as any other mayo I've tried, too! There's a slight creaminess, a little bit of something lemony, and that's it. Perhaps I'm immune to mayo's "nuances", but I just wasn't impressed. Where this stuff did shine, however, was in salads. It makes a wonderful creamy base for coleslaw, chicken, tuna, and potato salads, as well as an excellent dip base. It broke when I tried to broil fish coated in it, but remained creamy for regular baking temperatures.

Each serving (1 tbsp) of Hellmann's Low Fat Mayonnaise Dressing provides 15 calories, 1 gram of fat, none of which is saturated, 130 mg sodium (5% of the daily value), and 2 grams of carbohydrates (no fiber or sugar). The ingredient list is a mixture of water, stabilizers, and HFCS, so you end up trading calories for unnatural gobbledygook (more details here).

A 24 ounce jar cost me $3.00, which lasted for quite a while. I had great results with this mayo, and would probably buy it again, though if I wanted to use it for a sandwich, where I'd be using limited amounts anyway, I'd probably stick with one of Hellmann's Light varieties.

Rating
Taste: 3.5
Nutrition: 4.5
Price: 4
Overall: 3.5
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