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The keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that aids weight loss and induces ketosis, a state in which your body uses fat for energy rather than carbohydrates. This can result in weight loss as well as other potential health benefits.
Mayo itself is generally considered keto-friendly, as it typically consists of fats like oil and eggs with minimal carbs. However, it’s important to read the label or make your own mayo to ensure it doesn’t contain added sugars or unhealthy oils.
Can I eat Mayonnaise on Keto?
Yes, you can eat mayo on the keto diet! It can be a great addition to your keto-friendly meals, such as in salad dressings, as a condiment on burgers or sandwiches (without the bun, of course!), or homemade dips as long as it is made with Keto-friendly ingredients and does not contain added sugars or other non-Keto ingredients. Keep portion sizes and ingredient quality in mind to achieve your keto goals.
Remember, while mayo can be keto-friendly, you must still eat a balanced and varied diet to meet all your nutritional demands. However, some store-bought mayonnaise brands may contain added sugars or non-Keto ingredients, so it is important to read the labels carefully before purchasing.
Homemade Keto Mayonnaise
Benefits of making mayo at home
You can control the quality and quantity of the ingredients.
You can use the flavor that best suits you.
It can be more cost-effective than store-bought mayo, especially if you already have the ingredients at home.
Flavor Boosters for Homemade Mayo
- Garlic Aioli: Add finely minced garlic and an optional dab of Dijon mustard.
- Tarragon Aioli: Add minced garlic and fresh tarragon.
- Sriracha Aioli: Add sriracha and lime juice.
- Remoulade: Add cornichons, fresh dill, capers, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, garlic, and cayenne pepper.
- Lime Mayo: Add minced red onion lime juice.
- Use a neutral-flavored oil like avocado oil.
- Use freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Add a pinch or two of salt.
- Add some water or extra lemon juice for a thinner mayo.
Tips and Variations
Tips for perfect keto mayonnaise:
- Use neutral-flavored oil like avocado, safflower, or vegetable oil.
- Use a whole egg or just the egg yolk.
- Use freshly squeezed lemon juice or white wine vinegar.
- Use Dijon mustard for the best flavor.
- Add salt sparingly.
- Whisk or blend slowly and steadily.
Common mistakes to avoid:
- Using olive oil, which has a strong flavor.
- Use low-quality oil like canola, grapeseed, safflower, or peanut oil.
- Using bottled lemon juice can make the mayo taste funny.
- Adding too much salt.
- Not whisking or blending slowly and steadily.
Here are some tips for storing and freezing mayonnaise:
- Keep keto mayonnaise in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Keep mayonnaise away from heat and light.
- Before using, check the expiration date.
- Freezing mayonnaise is not recommended for long-term storage.
- If you have to freeze mayonnaise, act fast.
- Use freezer-safe sterilized glass bottles.
- Fill the glass jar with mayonnaise, leaving an inch at the top for the mayonnaise to expand when frozen.
- Remove as much air as possible from the jar before sealing it and placing it in the fridge.
- Defrost frozen mayonnaise in the refrigerator.
- Once defrosted, the texture of the mayonnaise may change, and the ingredients may separate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is mayonnaise good for Keto?
Keto mayonnaise can be a suitable option because it is often high in fat and low in carbohydrates. However, it’s important to check the ingredients of the specific brand or type of mayonnaise you’re considering. Some varieties may contain added sugars or unhealthy oils, affecting your ketosis. And make sure to consume it in moderation as part of a well-rounded keto meal plan.
Are There Carbs in Mayonnaise?
Most commercially available mayonnaise brands contain very little to no carbohydrates. Traditional mayonnaise is typically low in carbs because it is made primarily from eggs and oil, which are low-carb ingredients. However, it’s important to check the nutrition labels of specific brands as some may contain a small amount of carbohydrates due to added ingredients such as sweeteners or flavorings. Choose mayonnaise brands with minimal or no added sugars for a keto-friendly option.
Homemade Keto Mayonnaise
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon dijon mustard (optional)
- 1 cup vegetable oil or light olive oil
- In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, lemon juice or vinegar, salt, and Dijon mustard (if using) until well combined.
- While whisking continuously, slowly drizzle in the oil in a steady stream. Start with a few drops at a time, and gradually increase to a thin stream as the mixture thickens.
- Keep whisking until the mayo emulsifies and thickens to your desired consistency.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed by adding more salt or lemon juice.
- Transfer the homemade mayo to a clean jar or airtight container and refrigerate for at least an hour before using. It can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.