- Why is Vegenaise® Better than Mayo®?
- If I leave Vegenaise® un-refrigerated for a while, do I need to be concerned?
- How long does Vegenaise® stay fresh after I open it?
- Does Vegenaise® have to be kept in the refrigerator all the time?
- Do you add MSG to Vegenaise®?
- Does Vegenaise® contain any genetically engineered ingredients (GMOs)?
- I’ve heard that Canola Oil is bad for you. Why do you use it in your product?
- Is there vinegar in the mustard used in Vegenaise® ?
- Is Vegenaise® vegan?
- Is Grapeseed Oil actually good for people who need to watch their cholesterol?
- Is Vegenaise® low in sodium?
- What about total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol?
- Where can I buy Vegenaise®?
- What is the difference between the various types of Vegenaise®?
- Do you pronounce it Vej-a-naze or Ve-gan-aze ?
- What is Vegenaise®?
- Is Vegenaise® processed on shared equipment with any allergens?
- What allergens are present in your facility?
- How does your facility handle allergens to avoid cross contamination?
- Which Follow Your Heart® products are gluten free?
Why is Vegenaise® Better than Mayo®?
Vegenaise® is an egg-free spread that is a healthier, tastier option to regular mayo. Made with exclusively Non-GMO ingredients and using only heart-healthy, expeller-pressed oils, Vegenaise® delivers the smooth creamy texture of mayo without any of the cholesterol, trans fats or preservatives. Vegenaise® is naturally gluten- and dairy-free, is certified Kosher Parve, and is made with the highest quality ingredients that are verified by the Non-GMO Project. There are 5 different varieties of Vegenaise®: Original (blue lid), Reduced Fat (yellow lid), Grapeseed Oil (purple lid), Soy-Free (light sage lid), and Organic (green lid). You can learn more about the different varieties and find out which Vegenaise® is right for you by checking our Comparison Charts.Back to Top
If I leave Vegenaise® un-refrigerated for a while, do I need to be concerned?
Though we do recommend that Vegenaise® be kept refrigerated at all times, it can be left un-refrigerated for up to a week.Back to Top
How long does Vegenaise® stay fresh after I open it?
Vegenaise® has the same shelf life opened or unopened. It is not heat or vacuum sealed, so you can always use the "Use By" date on the jar as a shelf life reference.Back to Top
Does Vegenaise® have to be kept in the refrigerator all the time?
Vegenaise® is fresh and contains no preservatives, so it should be refrigerated at all times, including before opening. In contrast to mayonnaises which typically use preservatives, Vegenaise® is kept constantly refrigerated to keep it as fresh as the day it was made. Some mayonnaise products can remain unrefrigerated for long periods without refrigeration, but we believe that this shelf stability has been achieved at the expense of freshness and the best possible taste.Back to Top
Do you add MSG to Vegenaise®?
We do not add MSG or MSG derivatives to any of our products.Back to Top
Does Vegenaise® contain any genetically engineered ingredients (GMOs)?
All types of Vegenaise® are non-GMO. We are committed to using only non-GMO ingredients in our products and regularly verify the non-GMO status of our ingredients. We are also partnered with the Non-GMO Project and you can see a list of our verified products here.Back to Top
I’ve heard that Canola Oil is bad for you. Why do you use it in your product?
We have thoroughly researched canola oil, both before our decision to use this oil as an ingredient as well as after, and conduct ongoing research as new information becomes available to make sure this is an ingredient we still choose to use in our products. All of our research has led us to feel comfortable with the quality and wholesomeness of the canola oil we use in our products.
Much of the concern surrounding canola is because canola oil is mistakenly equated with rapeseed oil, which has high levels or erucic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid that can be toxic to humans in large amounts. Canola is a plant developed through conventional plant breeding from rapeseed. Rapeseed oil contains about 30-60% erucic acid, while canola oil is regulated to contain erucic acid levels in the range of 0.3-1.2%, well below the 2% limit.
Another concern about canola oil is that it is genetically modified. It is true that most canola is genetically modified to be pesticide resistant. Herbicide-resistant GM canola (also called Roundup Ready Canola) was introduced in 1995 and comprises much of the canola oil currently on store shelves, but not all canola oil is from GM canola plants. The Canola Oil we use in our Vegenaise®, Salad Dressings, and Vegan Gourmet® Dairy Alternatives is non-GMO. As a company, we are committed to using only non-GMO ingredients in our products and use only select non-GMO canola oil for our products.
The canola oil we use is verified non-gmo by the Non-GMO Project which requires documentation and testing of the canola seeds to verify their non-gmo integrity. (The Non-GMO Project is an independent third-party product verification program and uniform seal for labeling non-gmo products.)
Is there vinegar in the mustard used in Vegenaise® ?
The mustard used in Vegenaise® is mustard flour (ground mustard seed), not prepared mustard, which usually does contain distilled vinegar. The vinegar used in Vegenaise® is apple cider vinegar.Back to Top
Is Vegenaise® vegan?
Yes, Vegenaise® (often referred to as Veganaise®) is the perfect spread for vegans because it contains no ingredients of animal origin.Back to Top
Is Grapeseed Oil actually good for people who need to watch their cholesterol?
Grapeseed oil has been shown to correct blood cholesterol levels in certain individuals, thereby reducing their risk of cardiac events. In a large survey published in 1993 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Nash showed in a sample group of 56 men and women using up to 1.5 ounces (43 g) per day, an amount that one can cook with, grape seed oil had the ability to raise HDL levels by 13% and reduce LDL levels by 7% in just three weeks. The total cholesterol/HDL ratio was reduced 15.6% and the total LDL/HDL ratio was reduced by 15.3%, which could be significant for those at risk of heart attack.
“Grapeseed oil is one of the few natural foods know to raise HDL. HDL appears to reduce LDL by loosening it from the arterial walls so it can be carried to the liver for elimination. Grapeseed oil is also an excellent natural source of vitamin E and essential fatty acids necessary for normal cell metabolism and maintenance.”
David T. Nash, Stephen D. Nash, and William D. Grant, "Grapeseed Oil, A Natural Agent Which Raises Serum HDL Levels," Journal of the American College of Cardiology 925-116 (March 1993).
Is Vegenaise® low in sodium?
Yes, Vegenaise® is low in sodium. It contains about 85 milligrams per serving.Back to Top
What about total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol?
Vegenaise® is comparable in total fat to ordinary mayonnaise. It has approximately nine grams of fat in a serving and Reduced Fat Vegenaise® has even less with five grams of fat. Because Vegenaise® is egg and dairy free, it is very low in saturated fat, and has absolutely no cholesterol. Furthermore, Vegenaise® contains no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fat and no transfats.Back to Top
Where can I buy Vegenaise®?
Vegenaise® can be found in the refrigerated section of most natural foods stores nationwide in addition to many conventional grocers. To see a list of stores near you click here.Back to Top
What is the difference between the various types of Vegenaise®?
Vegenaise® comes in five types, Original (Blue Lid), Grapeseed Oil (Purple Lid), Organic (Green Lid), Reduced Fat (Yellow Lid) and Soy-Free (Light Green Lid). All varieties of Vegenaise® have very similar nutritional compositions except for Reduced Fat Vegenaise®, which contains approximately half the fat and calories of other Vegenaise® products.
Original Vegenaise® is made with select non-GMO expeller-pressed Canola Oil. The canola oil we use is verified from non-GMO seeds and is extracted without the use of solvents. Canola oil has a neutral taste, and is lowest in saturated fat of all edible vegetable oils.
Grapeseed Vegenaise® is made with grapeseed oil, a premium oil with a more distinctive taste which is also known for its uniquely healthful properties.
Organic Vegenaise® is made with Organic, Expeller-Pressed Soybean Oil.
Reduced Fat Vegenaise® is made with expeller-pressed Safflower Oil, Olive Oil, and Flaxseed Oils and contains less than half the fat and calories of traditional mayonnaise.
Soy-Free Vegenaise® is entirely allergen-free and made with a pea protein in place of soy as well as a High-Oleic Expeller-Pressed Safflower Oil.
Do you pronounce it Vej-a-naze or Ve-gan-aze ?
When we first invented Vegenaise® in the early 70's, the word “vegan” was not widely recognized. We named it Vegenaise® for "vegetarian mayonnaise". But today, with so many vegans enjoying our product, we really think that Veganaise® is a great name too. So, call it what you will, just ask for it by name.Back to Top
What is Vegenaise®?
Vegenaise® is a mayonnaise alternative that is Better than Mayo®! The Federal Standard of Identity specifies that mayonnaise must contain eggs. Vegenaise® is egg free. Therefore, it comes under the FDA category of Dressing and Sandwich Spread. Nevertheless, in taste tests, consumers and food experts consistently identify Vegenaise® as tasting more like real mayonnaise than other products, including many containing eggs.Back to Top
Is Vegenaise® processed on shared equipment with any allergens?
Vegenaise® is processed on shared equipment with milk. All equipment and utensils are fully washed, sanitized and inspected between runs of products with different allergen profiles. Milk allergen residue tests are also conducted regularly.Back to Top
What allergens are present in your facility?
Our facility processes soy, milk, sesame seeds, mustard, and a small amount of wheat. We do not have egg, fish, shellfish, peanuts, or tree nuts in our facility.Back to Top
How does your facility handle allergens to avoid cross contamination?
We are very attentive to cross-contamination issues and with all of our products we implement allergen-conscious storage controls, and wash and sanitize any utensils that are used in processing products with different allergen profiles. Our Quality Control team conducts Allergen Changeover Inspections between runs of any products with different allergens. This inspection includes a visual check of all equipment and utensils as well as a test for organic material residue. There is a small possibility that our products could come in contact with airborne particles of potential allergens in our facility, but we do take all necessary precautions to ensure that there is no direct contact between products with different allergen profiles. Our facility does not contain fish, shellfish, peanuts, treenuts, or eggs.Back to Top
Which Follow Your Heart® products are gluten free?
All types of Vegenaise®, Vegan Gourmet® Dairy Alternatives, and Salad Dressings are gluten free.Back to Top