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, right? And honestly, most of the ingredients were good – but not all of them. . .
Did you know that ingredients are listed in order of the highest percentage first? Hellman’s lists soybean oil as their FIRST ingredient. 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 here and give you some good resources for more reading.
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 breastfed or received milk-based formula
- infant soy formula has been linked to
- autoimmune thyroid disease
- an 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
- a 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
The Weston A. Price Foundation has a list of over 50 studies showing the harmful effects of soy, and there are several books on the subject as well (The Whole Soy Story, The Hidden Dangers of Soy, and The Unhealthy Truth).
Healthy, homemade mayonnaise
So instead of eating something that will cause us harm, let’s make something tangy, creamy, and oh, so good for us!
A healthy, homemade mayonnaise with a tangy taste and creamy texture. This homemade mayonnaise will become your new #1 favorite!
Place the egg, egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and optional ingredients in the blender.
Melt the coconut oil if needed and combine it with the olive oil in a pourable measuring cup.
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.
Store mayonnaise in a glass jar in the refrigerator.
Don't throw away those egg whites! Use them for pie crust coating in our sugar-free apple pie: You're the Apple of My Pie.