Have you ever want a nice glob of homemade mayonnaise to mix in with your egg yolks to make deviled eggs? Or perhaps combine it with tuna fish for a nice, protein-filled sandwich?
Salads, dressings, dips. . .mayonnaise comes in handy for so many things, but like most products found on the store shelves, it’s so much better for you if it’s homemade. And it’s not hard at all!
Let’s take for instance, Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, which is advertised as “America’s #1 Mayonnaise”. They proudly state that their mayo is made with real*, simple ingredients: eggs, oil and vinegar. (That asterisk (*) behind the word “real” is on their site – but I couldn’t find out what for. Hmmmm.)
It sounds good – and honestly, most of the ingredients were good. All but the 40%that made me wrinkle my nose. (You can blame my oldest son for the 40% comment. He figures things out by percentage so often it’s beginning to rub off. LOL)
Did you know that ingredients are listed in order of the highest percentage first. Hellman’s lists soybean oil as their FIRST ingredient. (There’s that percentage again!) That means there’s more soybean oil in their recipe than any other ingredient.
What’s Wrong With Soy?
The dangers of soy are real and thoroughly documented. If I had time to write a book on the ill effects of soybeans, I would. Instead I’ll highlight a few and give you some good resources for more reading if you’re so inclined.
Some of the effects are:
- disrupts endocrine function (the proper functioning of the glands that produce hormones)
- has the potential to cause infertility
- promotes breast cancer
- twice as many soy-fed children develop diabetes as opposed to those who are breast fed or received milk-based formula
- infant soy formula has been linked to
- autoimmune thyroid disease
- increase of delayed physical maturation among boys, including lack of development of sexual organs
- girls are show signs of puberty, such as breast development and personal body hair, before the age of eight, and some even before the age of three
- MSG is formed during soy food processing
- significant statistical relationship between two or more servings of tofu per week and “accelerated brain aging”
- chronic fatigue
- heart arrhythmia
- heart or liver disease
- infertility/reproductive problems
- irritable bowel syndrome
- learning disabilities/add/adhd
- pancreatic disorders
- premature or delayed puberty
- rheumatoid arthritis
- thyroid conditions:
- auto-immune thyroid disorders (graves’ or hashimoto’s disease)
- thyroid nodules
- thyroid cancer
- other thyroid disorders
- uterine cancer
- weight gain
So instead of eating something that will cause us harm, let’s make something tangy, creamy, and oh, so good for us!
Healthy Homemade Mayo (casein-free, gluten-free, nut-free, sugar-free, yeast-free)
1 whole egg
2 egg yolks
1 Tbs. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. celtic sea salt
sprinkle of pepper
1/8 tsp. powdered mustard (optional)
dash of onion powder (optional)
1/2 c. virgin olive oil
1/2 c. coconut oil
1. Place the egg, egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and optional ingredients in the blender.
2. Blend well.
3. Melt the coconut oil if needed and combine it with the olive oil in a pourable measuring cup.
4. While the blender is still going, slowly pour the oil in – making your oil stream no bigger than the width of a pencil. Smaller would be better. The slower you add it, the more emulsified it becomes and won’t separate later in the fridge.
5. Ta da! Store in a glass jar in the fridge. 🙂
Makes about 1 cup – 0 net carbs.
More About Soy
The Weston A. Price Foundation has a list of over 50 studies showing the harmful effects of soy for your reading pleasure. Here are a few more sources:
P.S. What’s your favorite way to use mayo?
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