Many agreed with Pierre-Louis.
Mayonnaise does seem to trigger a strong reaction in those who dislike it. And the aversion isn’t cultural. According to Stone (the food consultant), “You will find this kind of polarization in other countries around the world. And it’s not just Western Europe—you will find a similar degree of like dislike in Asia as well.”
And yet, this condiment finds itself everywhere. Why? Because the people who compare it to mucus (and worse) are wrong.
Mayo is ubiquitous because it literally makes everything better.
Fries dipped in mayo — YES PLEASE. If this turns your stomach, ask yourself: have you tried it? I didn’t think so.
I know a few devout mayonnaise-haters, and they are the first to admit they’ve never tried it. These are the people we’re contending with. Food fear-mongers!
Some people found themselves questioning everything.
As a person who generally sides with science over popular or convenient opinion, the idea that science could prove that (delicious) mayonnaise is disgusting was disconcerting! Luckily, science did no such thing. Science proved that disgust exists and is likely a mechanism of survival. Also, that mayonnaise exists. That’s all.
Sometimes you've got to stand on your own for what you know to be true.
Deviled eggs — reason enough to understand the the beauty of mayonnaise.
BLT — the simplest of sandwiches relies on the quality of its few ingredients, and mayo, to bring it all together. Anyone who attempts to choke down a BLT without a smear of mayonnaise is wasting some good B, some good L, and some good T.
Mayonnaise is composed of very few ingredients, all of which have been scientifically proven to be delicious.*
*I made that up, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true.
There are mayo imposters out there, and heavy-handed sandwich makers, and of course the food-borne illness risk that comes when foods that need refrigeration go without — and I think that these culprits are what give real mayonnaise a bad name.
But the truth is that mayo brings a lot to the table.