This guide we take a look at is mayo paleo friendly and can it be included in your day to day diet. As you probably already know it is not exactly clear if this is considered ok to eat. Hopefully, this guide will be able to explain everything you need to know and what to look out for.
At its most basic, the paleo diet is based on the kinds of foods that early humans were believed to have eaten. This diet means plenty of vegetables, meat, fruit, and fish. Grain products, processed foods, and dairy are no-nos.
So, is mayo paleo? The answer to this question may seem pretty self-evident. How could it possibly be? After all, can you imagine a Neanderthal spreading some Hellman’s or Miracle Whip on his turkey leg before chomping down? Of course not. The paleo friendliness of mayonnaise is not as black and white as you might think.
Not All Mayo Is Created Equal
For the most part, mayonnaise is made from some sort of cooking oil, a little bit of acid (such as lemon juice, vinegar, or lime juice), and egg yolks. If you grab a jar of store-bought mayo hoping it will be paleo, you will quickly be discouraged by what you find in the ingredients. That’s because the supermarket brands use non-paleo oils in their recipes.
Unlike the traditional French mayo that uses olive oil, almost all mayonnaise you will find on the shelves use some form of cheap vegetable oil. Whether it is soybean, sunflower, or canola oil, they do not fit the qualifications for the paleo diet. Most of these oils are high in pro-inflammatory Omega-6 fatty acids. Also, they tend to go rancid quickly due to oxidization. There are some brands out there that do use olive oil as their base, but they also find a way to sneak in other non-paleo ingredients.
“I Need My Mayo! What Can I Do?”
As with just about any non-paleo food, there is a paleo workaround. Fortunately, with mayo, the workaround is truer to the original mayonnaise recipe, tastier, and often less expensive. Many paleo dieters fail even to attempt to make mayonnaise because they are afraid it will be too complicated. It is not. It is like cooking just about anything else: you will get delicious results as long as you get your temperatures, timing, and measurements right.
In our paleo friendly mayo, we use five simple ingredients to make an amazing mayonnaise. The five ingredients are as followed:
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- ¾ Cup light tasting olive oil
- ¼ Cup Softened coconut oil
As with any skill you are learning, paleo cooking gets easier with practice. Do not be discouraged if your mayonnaise does not turn out perfectly the first time. Chalk it up to experience. Follow the recipe precisely and take all of the tips into consideration to speed up the learning process. There are also plenty of other easily searchable recipes online if you do not find this one particularly tasty.
If you don’t feel like making mayo at home, you can find some paleo-friendly versions out there. The regular supermarkets don’t seem to stock them (Well in my area they don’t). Amazon has a delicious avocado oil mayonnaise that is perfect for anyone looking to save a bit of time in the kitchen.
So is Mayo Paleo Friendly?
There is no straightforward answer to the question “is mayo paleo?” It most likely is not paleo if you get it from the store, but you can easily make a paleo version of your by following our recipe mentioned above. Now you have something delectable to spread on your turkey leg!