Every once in awhile a writer is tasked with a subject that goes against the very grain of her being. This requires her to set aside her core beliefs, bias, and all that is sacred in order to fairly address the subject matter.
I am camped firmly on #TeamMayo, and yet I find myself reading articles likening my favorite condiment to bodily excretions of the worst variety. Fear not, dear reader, for I have come through the fire hardened with the uncomfortable combination of revulsion and craving, so that I may fairly present you both sides of the much-contested Mayo Debate.
In a recent Popular Science article, writer Kendra Pierre-Louis explains why an aversion to (delicious) mayonnaise is backed by science.
Science confirms mayonnaise is disgusting https://t.co/aSO7Jd1skk— David Frum (@David Frum)1510059598.0
According to the food sensory consultant (that's a thing?) Herbert Stone, who Pierre-Louis interviewed, approximately 20 percent of people don't like mayonnaise.
Well, that escalated quickly. She defends her comparison with science.
But that doesn't stop Pierre-Louis from viciously maligning mayo.
Mayonnaise is simply an emulsion of egg yolks, oil, vinegar, lemon, and seasoning. How could that possibly be bad?
Many agreed with Pierre-Louis.
@druthjr91 @davidfrum Unholy mucus in a jar— 13th Doctor Fan ❤️❤️ (@13th Doctor Fan ❤️❤️)1510081765.0
Mayo is ubiquitous because it literally makes everything better.
@davidfrum Went on a high school date with a girl who dipped her fries in mayonnaise. Was all I needed to know - we had no future.— Patrick McGee (@Patrick McGee)1510071611.0
Some people found themselves questioning everything.As a person who generally sides with science over popular or convenient opinion, the idea that science could prove that (delicious) mayonnaise is disgusting was disconcerting! Luckily, science did no such thing. Science proved that disgust exists and is likely a mechanism of survival. Also, that mayonnaise exists. That's all.
Sometimes you've got to stand on your own for what you know to be true.
@davidfrum If it’s wrong to like mayonnaise, I don’t want to be right.— Christian Jensen (@Christian Jensen)1510065494.0
Mayonnaise is composed of very few ingredients, all of which have been scientifically proven to be delicious.*
via: Getty*I made that up, but that doesn't mean it's not true. There are mayo imposters out there, and heavy-handed sandwich makers, and of course the food-borne illness risk that comes when foods that need refrigeration go without — and I think that these culprits are what give real mayonnaise a bad name. But the truth is that mayo brings a lot to the table.