You have probably come across many situations and Modern day diet recipes that call for mayonnaise and have wondered as to whether or not mayo is Paleo. Hopefully, you didn’t assume that it was and you went on a search prior to eating it which has lead you here to this post. Why, you ask? Mayonnaise is not Paleo.
What is in Mayonnaise?
If you take one of the healthier bottles of mayonnaise and look at the ingredient list, you would quickly see that it is made up of many items that aren’t Paleo. Some typical items include; water, canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, liquid whole egg, modified corn starch, vinegar, sugar, sorbic acid, salt, concentrated lemon juice, xantham gum, citric acid, natural flavour, spice extract, colour, spice. What is even worse is that many mayo varieties include all of these items. In addition, you have to worry about the high amounts of calories, fats, and sodium that also come with every squirt – or serving, rather.
Why Mayonnaise is Unhealthy?
If the ingredient list wasn’t convincing enough to you, the calories, fat, cholesterol and sodium should be. One tablespoon of mayo contains approximately 90 calories. That is around 4.5% of your daily recommended caloric intake – all in one single spoonful. So, many people who adore mayo usually have had their fair share of experiences with weight gain and possibly even obesity. As for the fat amounts, a tablespoon contains 10 g of fat which is approximately 15.4% of your daily recommended intake. The majority of people, especially those on the modern diet eat way too much fat – and not the healthy varieties, and doing so can significantly increase your risk of developing many harmful health conditions. A tablespoon of mayonnaise contains 5 mg of cholesterol, approximately 1.7% of your daily recommended intake. Too much can lead to clogged arteries, heart diseases, stroke and many other problems. Then, you have the sodium to be weary of. One tablespoon has 90 mg of sodium, approximately 3.8% of your daily recommended intake. Too much can result in high blood pressure and similar problems. Needless to say, these 4 major ingredients can be seriously detrimental to your health.
Easily Make Paleo Mayo
The awesome thing is that you can easily make mayonnaise at your home, right now, with common ingredients in your kitchen that are Paleo. Eggs, olive oil, vinegar, lemon, mustard and a sprinkle of salt and pepper (if you desire) will give you the mayo taste without all of the health risks and concerns. Now, the consistency of your homemade mayo will be different than the store purchased varieties, and it may be a touch more yellow than what you are used to. This is normal, so don’t let it catch you off guard.
With this information, you can now switch out your non-Paleo, store purchased versions of mayonnaise and create your very own brand that is healthy and delicious.