I like mayo(nnaise).
No , that’s not true. I cannot tell a lie. I love mayo.
It’s my favorite spread , ahead of margarine ( ugh !) and butter.
When I order a hot pastrami sandwich , I ask for it with mayo , not mustard. And in summer , when tomatoes are at their peak , I like to fix myself an open-faced tomato sandwich . Good quality bread , lightly toasted , thickly slathered with mayo and topped with thin slices of tomato sprinkled with salt and pepper. Heavenly! I also like egg salad, ham salad and tuna salad made with liberal amounts of mayo.
While I am fond of mayo and indulge myself now and again , I don’t go overboard with it . I wouldn’t dream of entering a mayo eating competition . I don’t even want to watch one . I think it would be a gross spectacle watching men trying to force large quantities of mayo down their throats to win a cash prize. The winner ingested two 64 ounce bottles in under 12 minutes.What a waste of good mayo !
It puzzles me that mayo is held in such low regard and always makes the Top Ten list of Foods You Should Avoid . After all , it has just four ingredients : egg yolks , oil, , vinegar/ lemon and salt. How can it be so unhealthy ? I agree that it is high in fat and calories but I’m not making a meal of it . What is wrong with using it as a spread now and then ?
To hear some people talk , mayonnaise can cause cranial deficiencies , weaken bone structure and clog arteries leading to a greater risk of heart attack. Others say it spoils easily and is the cause of food poisoning at summer picnics. Still others talk learnedly about how commercial mayo is made with soybean oil which is rich in omega-6 fats which are bad for you. On the other hand , a doctor claims that mayo actually can be good for you because it has no trans fats and has large doses of Vitamin E . The same source also avers that soybean oils are actually good for you. As for the claim about food poisoning , the culprit may be chicken or ground meat and not mayo . Meat spoils in hot weather wheras mayo contains vinegar/lemon and salt both of which inhibit the growth of bacteria.
I guess it all depends on which source you refer to and which you want to believe . As far as I’m concerned , mayo in moderation is not bad for me . It also makes me happy.
My kids , particularly my son , belong to the anti- mayo camp. On one of his trips home , my son surreptitiously threw out the bottle of mayo in our fridge . I was very upset when I finally found out what had happened , told him never to do it again, and immediately bought another bottle to replace it .
I was very surprised and touched by my son’s Fathers Day gift last Sunday . It was a set of three different mayonnaise bottles ( Red Chili , White Truffle, Bacon ) from Empire Mayonnaise in Brooklyn , N.Y. Located at 564 Vanderbilt Avenue Empire Mayonnaise sells only mayonnaise and was started by Chef Sam Mason and designer Elizabeth Valleau in 2011. Their mayo is made with non-GMO oils and pasture-raised eggs and comes in a variety of exotic flavors . In addition to the three already mentioned , there are Black Garlic , Rosemary and Vadouvan ( whatever that is ). So far I’ve tried the Red Chilli and it is good .
Knowing my son’s aversion to Mayonnaise , I was touched that he gifted me three bottles of mayo. So much so , that I’ve forgiven him for throwing out my own mayo bottle three years ago . Well , almost forgiven him .