Is Pesto Healthier Than Mayonnaise?

Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise - Is it healthier than pesto?

Short answer
In terms of nutrients, yes, pesto is much better for you than mayonnaise. In terms of fat and calorie content though, pesto is either better or worse for you depending on whether you're comparing it to full fat or low fat mayo.

Long answer
There’s such a wide range of mayonnaises on the market that it’s impossible to answer definitively which is healthier. When you compare our pesto to classic Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise, there is no doubt that ours is lower in fat and calories, higher in nutrients and we think a lot tastier too!

Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise contains over 700 calories per 100g whilst our sauces generally clock in around half of that. So, 1-0 to pesto.

Hellmann’s mayo contains almost 80% fat of which around 6% is saturated. Pestos generally contains half of both. 2-0.

Protein in pesto varies wildly, but almost always it will beat Hellmann’s measly 1%. 3-0.

Naturally salt content differs from pesto to pesto, but if it clocks it around 1.5% then it’s a draw with Hellmann’s. 4-1.

Low-fat mayonnaise
Hellmann’s Lighter Than Light mayonnaise contains just 68 calories per 100g and clocks in at less than 3% fat. On that basis, if you are following a low fat or low-calorie diet, then this beats pesto hands-down.

The downside is you'll have to be happy eating titanium dioxide, potassium sorbate and calcium disodium.

Think we'll stick with pesto, thanks.