Is Egg-Free Mayonnaise Still Mayonnaise?

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What makes mayo mayo? This is the existential question at the epicenter of a new lawsuit between Unilever, the maker of Hellman’s, and Hampton Creek, a company that makes products with plant-based substitutes for eggs. Hampton Creek is also the maker of Just Mayo — which is, you guessed it, egg-free mayonnaise.

Unilever claims that Hampton Creek is misleading consumers, and that Just Mayo is a mayonnaise imposter.

What do you think? If there’s no eggs, is it still mayo?