Delish admits that mayo is an easy condiment to hate. One writer explains:
...its suffering an image problem with that off-white color and gelatinous texture—but I've also learned that it's an easy one to love.
Prioritize your tastebuds, not your eyes. Mayo might look gross, but it has a lot to offer. According to Delish, mayonnaise is the perfect companion to nearly all fried food (try dipping your french fries into the tangy, creamy goodness), and summer would not be complete without the requisite potato and chicken salads, both rightfully doused in mayo.
Hatred for mayonnaise is one of those rare things that unites people despite all their other differences. Popular Science's Kendra Pierre-Louis sets the stage:
“Feces is the universal disgust, like the first disgust,” says Paul Rozin, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania who has researched disgust since the 1980s.
Sure, mayo isn't poop, but for many, it's not far off. According to Rozin:
Its viscous quality is the sort of thickness that you’d get from fluid oozing out of a rotted carcass as anyone who has ever poked a rotted squirrel with a stick can attest. Disgust also tends to align strongly with our revulsion about bodily fluids. We don’t exactly market lemonade by saying that it looks like pee. And the creamy appearance of mayonnaise isn't dissimilar from what would emerge from say a popped zit. Delicious.
The Tylt's very own Aasha Collins, Social Media Editor and world's pickiest eater, tried a cheeseburger for the very first time. Her reaction when discovering mayonnaise was also on the burger was...less than enthusiastic.
But mayo-lovers say the condiment elevates food of all kinds. It's moisture and flavor profile make it the perfect companion to everything from cheeseburgers to chocolate cake. As Vice'sManisha Krishnan puts it:
I love mayonnaise. I love how it's equal parts salty, fatty, tangy...Mayo is to dry/fried food what Crystal Light is to water, what Pitbull is to a J-Lo song,....