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Mayonnaise – stop invading our sandwiches

Sandwich with lots of mayonnaise and a red 'no' sign

I like to compare a lot of things to Marmite. It’s a love it or hate it simile that I often roll out. But there’s one comparison that rings very true. Mayonnaise. I hate it – will you join my campaign?

I have a complete aversion to the white, gloopy mush that is mayonnaise. When you don’t like a particular type of food, like tomatoes or ham, it usually isn’t a problem – you can just avoid them.

But when it comes to buying a sarnie or burger, the dreaded mayo is difficult to avoid.

How would you like it…

I’m not allergic to it, nor do I have any qualms with the home-made stuff. It’s only made up of egg yolks, oil, a bit of vinegar and seasoning after all. But the white, anaemic mess that oozes its way out of jars, to me, looks like it’s been squeezed out of a teenager’s greasy face. Ugh.

I’m sure most of you are reading this with a blank and unsympathetic look on your face, but let me draw out my Marmite comparison. Imagine that every sandwich is not drowning in a liberal slosh of mayo, but is instead swimming in Marmite.

So in my imaginary Marmite world, you’ll have to tread carefully come lunchtime, otherwise when you chomp down on your supermarket sandwich, you’ll get a face full of salty brown treacle. Maybe you’re more sympathetic to my cause now?

I’m not alone in my hatred

Despite what you might think, I’m not alone. This Conversation originated from another earlier in the week. McDonald’s has pledged to put calorie counts in its restaurants, a decision that commenter Wavechange hopes will discourage them from using mayonnaise in their fillings.

‘I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who hates mayonnaise,’ Wavechange added in response to my aversion. It’s fatty, it’s gloopy, it’s greasy – it’s quite simply gross.

Naturally, that’s just my opinion, and I wouldn’t like to deny mayonnaise lovers their favourite sauce. But give me a decent choice. Why is its marriage to sandwiches and burgers so faithful?

Let’s campaign to change food chains

Thankfully, some sandwich chains have caught on. EAT, for instance, includes mayo-free sarnies on its shelves, with capitalised labels pointing them out. But they only feel like token gestures, making us mayo haters feel like charity cases.

Some choices are hard to understand why they’re left out of our reach. Why would you need to add greasy mayo to a brie, ham and cranberry sauce baguette? It already has cranberry sauce in it – why do you need two!? This means that my love for brie and cranberry is left unfulfilled.

All I’m asking for is choice. And I’m sure dieters dislike having fattening mayonnaise rammed down their throat all the time. Maybe we should take this campaign in a more militant direction.

Our manifesto could be centred around the following demand – there must be NO mayonnaise in any sandwich or burger. If you want it, you’ll have to buy a sachet. Sadly, that’s what we’ve been driven to.

Do you love or hate mayonnaise?

I love mayonnaise (66%, 206 Votes)

I hate mayonnaise (34%, 108 Votes)

Total Voters: 314

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Lol says:
8 April 2015

I am not allergic to eggs, but what if I were? Mayo is horrid, same as marmite, but why do they spread butties with mayo and not margarine, everywhere you go, all the supermarkets, M&S and more think we all eat it. Yuk! Also, I don’t want to eat glue. I know its cheaper than margarine, but if you don’t like it there is no option but to go hungry. I remember going to a café near work for a sandwich for myself and a colleague, I asked for cheese and onion no mayo, when I returned and sat down to eat my sandwich, I spat it out, and took it back. I was told that is the only way they keep the grated cheese on the sandwich, not rocket science, just use marg as asked.

notanegghead says:
13 May 2015

I AM allergic to eggs. Take it from me, it’s no fun.
Complaining to supermarket managers is a waste of time, but so is going to the top of the organisation, as it’s passed down to a minion who doesn’t have the nous to check their answers for accuracy.
We should make our own and deprive them of the revenue. Take the time to do it in the morning, or the night before, and keep it in the fridge until it’s lunch time.
Beats factory gunge any day.

metronome says:
8 April 2015

Tesco does sell quite a few no mayo sandwiches, in fact their hands, cheese and pickle is surprisingly low fat for something containing cheese, because there’s no fatty mayo, which shows just how bad it really is for you!

“Do you love or hate mayonnaise?”
I don’t think that poll helps your point. For example I cannot eat a tuna sandwich without mayonnaise so there’s definitely a demand for it, but I completely agree that it’s overuse in supermarket sandwiches needs to stop.
I recently purchased a “Cheddar Cheese” sandwich from Asda…no signs of Mayo at first glance yet there it was! In my opinion adding mayo to a cheddar sandwich completely takes away the flavour and texture I’m hoping for. With the first bite I’m hit with that familiar tangy, oily taste, before the cheese even has a chance to break through I’m already repulsed by the unexpected flavour and texture. I don’t know about you lot but when I read the name on the packet “Cheddar Cheese” the last thing I was expecting was a mouthful of greasy, squelchy, blobby s**t. Maybe if they could at least add “Mayonnaise” into the name for the product so unwilling people can avoid a nasty food experience.