Mayonnaise, it might not be the first thing you think of when revamping your diet, but if you make it yourself you’ll be eliminating the harmful ingredients. Now, I’m not someone who smears mayo on my sandwiches everyday, but I have found that the addition of homemade mayo to some recipes adds a great deal of deliciousness.
Homemade mayonnaise can also be used as the base for making your own creamy dressings and it is the base of “awesome sauce”. What is “awesome sauce”???? Basically it is any sauce I make using homemade mayo as the base…and it is always AWESOME! Think chipotle aioli, yep it’s that good. We will talk more about “awesome sauce” in an upcoming blog…stay tuned.
I do need to warn you, you must be responsible with your use of this mayo. Just because you are making your own mayo does not mean that you can eat as much as you want, it is still mayo and therefore high in fat.
On that note let’s talk about the benefits that comes out of making your own mayonnaise. As I mentioned, making your own mayonnaise will eliminate the harmful ingredients. In traditional mayonnaise that you buy at the grocery store you will find that it contains two ingredients that you don’t want to eat…..soybean oil and sugar.
Obviously, sugar is something that we try to avoid, with new research coming out all the time, it appears that sugar is more harmful than prior generations thought. It is also really easy to (over)consume so if there are anyways we can eliminate it, we are taking a step in the right direction.
Soybean oil is a little bit trickier as it’s doesn’t get the media hype like sugar does. What foods do you often find soybean oil? Margarine, shortening, mayonnaise, dressings, imitation dairy, and baked goods ←———– did you notice a trend there…..those are not the foods we would consider to be part of a healthy diet. The reason it is used so often is because it’s nearly flavorless on its own, plus it’s easily and cheaply produced.
Being easily and cheaply produced has it’s drawbacks.
- It’s artificially hydrogenated to improve shelf life, but hydrogenated=Trans Fats and unless you’ve been living under a rock you know the dangers of trans fats.
- Soy in general is harmful
- Over 90% of soy is genetically modified
- Contains estrogen-like molecules that disrupt hormone levels
- Have chemical properties that are believed to decrease the body’s ability to absorb nutrients
If you have been duped by marketing and fancy packages and thought that buying the “olive oil” version would eliminate the harmful ingredients, I would urge you to read the label. Although it contains olive oil, the first ingredient (and therefore the most prominent) is soybean oil. Avoid all that by making your own!
How to Make Homemade Mayonnaise
1-TBS Apple Cider Vinegar (or fresh squeezed lemon juice from ½ lemon)
1-TBS Warm Water
1-Cup Light Tasting Olive Oil (you can use regular olive oil, but the olive oil flavor will come thru)
Stick Blender (this makes it super easy)