Today’s video is about the condiment mayonnaise and kidney disease. Should you have it? Should you avoid it? Is it good or is it bad for you? I’m going to get into all that.
I am a naturopath nutritionist, kidney survivor, and still have my fistula. I’ve spent just past 18 years living with a cadaver kidney transplant. Eleven years longer than it was supposed to. I didn’t get a good transplant and the reason I’ve had it so long is because of my obsession. My career and everything is about kidney disease.
Let’s get into mayo. Mayonnaise is a condiment made from egg yolks, vinegar, oil, and lemon juice. You can always add spices to it. A lot of mayo now has salt, sugar, and spices in addition to the core ingredients. We prefer extra virgin olive oil, one of these healthier oils, but that’s not really what you’re going to get if you order it commercially.
In and of itself mayo is kidney-friendly. It’s a good thing to have in small quantities. If you search online you’re going to find that most information out there from major kidney organizations states that you should avoid mayo because it’s high in saturated fat. However, we know now from research over the last 15 years that the saturated fat that’s in an egg yolk doesn’t raise your cholesterol.
If you still feel concerned, you can always do before and after blood work. You can get your cholesterol checked while you have no mayo in your diet. Then, you can add a couple of tablespoons into your diet and then get your blood work your cholesterol checked in a couple of months to see what the difference is.
Egg yolks are just fat so there’s no protein to stress the kidney out. It’s not going to raise your blood sugar because fats don’t raise your blood sugar. Also, you’re using small amounts like one to two tablespoons to add on to something. For the most part, it’s kidney-friendly.
If you’re buying a commercial brand, like most of us do, you’re going to have to look out for additives like sodium. If you’re buying a commercial brand make sure you keep those sodium levels low.
Watch out for sugar added if you’re diabetic and any other undesirables. Making your own mayo is always the best.
There are quite a bit of calories in mayo. There are about 100 calories per tablespoon, so if you’re trying to lose weight you shouldn’t have it in your diet. If you’re not worried about that then you can have a little bit in your diet and it’s a really a great condiment for people with kidney issues.
You can put mayo on sandwiches or dip some vegetables in it. You can create different varieties. If you like a little spice, you can a couple of drops of tabasco and mix it all together. You can create a lot of variations that are kidney-friendly.
If you have extremely high cholesterol you want to be a little bit more careful and mindful, but the consensus among all researchers, which you can verify, is that mayo doesn’t raise cholesterol. Enjoy a little bit in your diet!
Hopefully, you found this information about mayonnaise and kidney disease beneficial.
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