Homemade mayonnaise; benefits and recipe

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Rather than buying a ready-made mayonnaise from the supermarket, you can easily make homemade mayonnaise. In our article today, we are going to talk about a homemade mayonnaise, its nutritional value, the benefits, use, and of course, our useful recipes to make homemade mayonnaise. Keep reading to discover all about mayonnaise.

Mayonnaise is one of the types of international sauces that are served alongside meals and consists of eggs, vinegar, oil and spices, and is a rich source of vitamins, mineral salts, and fats.

Mayonnaise origin

The birth of mayonnaise is generally attributed to the capture of Mahon, the capital of Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain), in 1756, during the Seven Years’ War. Marshal Richelieu then commanded the corps which landed on the island and won the battle, to celebrate this victory, he would have offered a banquet during which the cook would have tried a new sauce recipe called “Mahonnaise“, in reference to the city just conquered. Over time, Mahonnaise would have become mayonnaise.

Nutritional value of homemade mayonnaise

The rich flavor and streamlined texture of mayonnaise are the reason for its widespread use. Most types of mayonnaise contain a high percentage of vitamin H, which gives it about 30% of the recommended ration for adults. And the amount varies depending on the type of oil used, as the types prepared from Sunflower oil, cottonseed oil, and safflower oil are at the highest level of anti-nutrients.

For oxidation, eggs provide protein and some minerals, but these amounts are not worth mentioning if we compare them to the number of calories present in each serving.

A tablespoon of homemade mayonnaise contains about 100 calories, which is equal to the amount in a tablespoon of butter. Egg yolk adds food cholesterol, which every person with high blood cholesterol, atherosclerosis, or heart disease must reduce.

For 1 tsp. (15 ml or 14 g)

Nutritional value homemade mayonnaise

Benefits of mayonnaise

Eating mayonnaise salad in your diet is beneficial to health, but only if it is in specific quantities.

Mayonnaise:

  • Is good for growth.
  • It helps to promote the health and safety of the skin, bones, nails, and hair.
  • Helps to maintain the integrity and health of corneal eye tissue.
  • It works to strengthen immunity because it contains protein and vitamins.
  • Homemade mayonnaise, in particular, may protect against cancer because it is free of preservatives.
  • Beneficial for malnourished children due to protein and energy deficiency.
  • Beneficial for children with anorexia.
  • Useful in the case of thinness resulting from a food defect.
  • Beneficial for athletes for muscle growth.
  • Useful in feeding some patients because it is an appetizing one.

Despite of the benefits of mayonnaise, its excessive consumption will surely harm your health; mayonnaise can cause:

– Overweight; research shows that eating mayonnaise causes weight gain, as it contains fat that is difficult to burn, especially in the abdominal area, where it helps to store excess fat in it.

– Heart disease and cancer

– Cholesterol infection

Mayonnaise is not good for pregnant women; pregnant women eating mayonnaise contributes to opening their appetite, especially to fast food, which is harmful to the health of the mother and child during pregnancy.

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Beneficial use of mayonnaise

Mayonnaise benefits have been shown to the body in recent times, as its use has been widely discussed for cosmetic purposes. It has been shown that body treatments with mayonnaise are effective treatments at the lowest costs, and the benefits of mayonnaise for the body are as follows:

Deep Moisturizer: Mayonnaise can be used as a strong moisturizer for the body, because the eggs in mayonnaise help in adding protein, and other ingredients help provide tremendous moisture to the body.

Treatment for facial problems: Using mayonnaise on the face for a period of ten to twenty minutes, and then washing it with cold water may help keep the skin moist and soft.

Nails: Mayonnaise helps taking care of the nails, as you may use mayonnaise to strengthen your nails by soaking your nails in a bowl of mayonnaise for five minutes and then wash it with warm water once a week.

Conservation and consumption of mayonnaise

For a homemade mayonnaise, it is important to use a very fresh egg, since the yolk is eaten raw. Homemade mayonnaise should be kept in the refrigerator and consumed within 24 hours. For store-bought mayonnaise, follow the manufacturer’s directions. Be very careful with mayonnaise dishes prepared in advance; these fragile products must be prepared and handled with care, kept cool, and eaten immediately.

How to prepare a homemade mayonnaise?

Mayonnaise is an emulsion of oil and egg yolk, spiced with a little vinegar, lemon or mustard. This emulsion is made stable thanks to the presence of lecithin, a component of the fat of egg yolk, which is a powerful natural emulsifier. To promote the emulsion, it is recommended to use ingredients with the same temperature and to whisk the oil briskly, which you pour in a drizzle on the mixture composed of eggs, vinegar, lemon, or mustard.

To make homemade mayonnaise, you can choose olive oil, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids. However, it has a distinctive flavor that does not appeal to all guests. This is why it is generally prepared with an oil with a neutral taste, like that of canola, sunflower, or rapeseed.

Homemade mayonnaise; the best recipe

Use an electric mixer or whisk.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 150 ml sunflower oil
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper (or a little more and preferably white pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon of vinegar

Preparation:

In a bowl, put the egg yolk with 1 tablespoon of oil and the mustard.

With a manual whisk, mix using a rotating movement to mix the mustard with the egg yolk. While whisking, gradually add the oil in a drizzle. Continue until the oil is well incorporated.

As soon as the mixture thickens, season with salt and pepper. At the last moment, pour the vinegar.

Live Positively Advice

Mayonnaise is really not the ideal food; however, if you consume it, try to limit the quantity. Do it yourself; a homemade mayonnaise is the best to control the quality of the ingredients (egg, oil). Adding fats from your diet should be mostly represented by virgin, first cold-pressed and organic oils, including olive oil. Consume them raw in order to preserve all their health properties.

Originally published on Live Positively.