Sunday, 15 February 2009

Soybean oil and Hellman's 'Real' mayonnaise

Today I was asked why I had got into such a panic yesterday when I discovered that Hellman's mayonnaise is 22% polyunsaturates, and I had been eating it in copious amounts. I was assured that polyunsaturates are good for you, so I went in search of further proof.

The label doesn't say what type of vegetable oil it contains, which is rather naughty of them. OK, maybe they don't have to state it on the label, but if they had done so I wouldn't have touched it with a proverbial barge-pole!

It is made of soybean oil. So what's wrong with that, you might ask.

Dr Mike Fitzpatrick, a toxicologist in New Zealand, runs the Soy Online Service where there are many articles and details of research, together with an excellent page of Myths and Truths about soy

Dr Fitzpatrick is particularly worried about the effects of soy baby formula, and made a submission to the UK Government's Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food.

1 comment:

  1. Gosh Megan - this is pretty worrying when the labels are not specific - particularly when you were probably relying on this product to bring some taste to your food! Keep going on though babes - you have achieved so much. Lol Lynn x


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