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Sainsbury's Extra Light Mayonnaise

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Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Mayonnaise

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      06.05.2011 08:06
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      A nice tasting mayo that is reasonably healthy.

      I have only really started eating mayonnaise over the past year as I never used to buy it in the past. Since I have started using it in sandwiches etc, I always try to go for the "light" versions. This one is the Light Mayonnaise from Sainsbury's own brand.

      --- The Jar ---
      The mayonnaise I have is the 500ml pack, It comes in a large glass jar that is 14cm tall and 8cm in diameter. It is topped by silver screw top, which I have found is always easy to get off, but keeps the jar closed really well. Around the middle of the bar there is a large label that is baby blue on the front and white on the rear. The front is quite basic with just the name of the product and a basic grey pattern. The rear contains all of the product information in quite small writing.

      --- The Mayonnaise ---
      The mayonnaise is the same colour as any other that I have tried before, with it being off white in colour. It smells just like more expensive brand that I have tried and has the same thick but spreadable consistency.

      I use this mainly on my sandwiches each day and I find that straight from the fridge it spreads really well. It is not runny at all, which means the bread stays dry and it isn't absorbed. I also use it on jacket potatoes and with salad sometimes and I find that it is good to mash into the potato and makes a good dressing/dip for the salad.

      Despite being the "light" version, I find that the taste is no different from regular mayonnaise. The taste is great to accompany ham and cheese sandwiches or to make simple dishes a lot more interesting.

      I have tried many different brands of mayonnaise and I generally find it difficult to notice differences in the taste. The only difference I have ever noticed between own brand and branded mayonnaise is the quality of it. With this mayonnaise, the overall quality of it is very high and makes it great value for money.

      --- Healthiness ---
      Mayonnaise isn't the the healthiest condiment around, otherwise why would they produce "light" versions. Per 15ml serving, it contains 42 calories, 4.1g of fat, 0.4g of salt and 0.5g of sugar. This shows that there is quite a lot of fat in it, however this is to be expected due to one of the main ingredients of mayonnaise being oil. Looking at the ingredients, there does seem to be a lot of extra ingredients that aren't really needed. There are quite a few regulators and preservatives that are there to extend the shelf life.

      --- Overall ---
      On the whole, I really like this mayonnaise as for a large 500ml jar, it only costs about 80p from any Sainsburys supermarket. This makes it really good value for money per serving as it lasts for a long time. I am going to give this 4/5 as it is a really nice and reasonably healthy mayonnaise, but I would much prefer the preservative's and regulators to be removed from the ingredients.

      Thanks for reading.

      This review may also appear on my blog and on Ciao under the same username.

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