Are you wondering about soy lecithin? This video explains what soy lecithin is and how it is made.
Lecithin is a food additive that comes from several sources — one of them being soy. Lecithin can be made from several different things, but soy is a common one.
During the process of making soy lecithin, all but trace amounts of soy protein are removed. It’s generally used as an emulsifier, or lubricant, when added to food, but also has uses as an antioxidant and flavor protector. Lecithin is a mixture of phospholipids (fat molecules) in oil. Lecithin is obtained in the process of degumming crude soy oil, usually at the refinery of the company making commercial lecithin rather than at the oil mill. Soy lecithin has some health benefits. It is high in choline which is vital for healthy liver function. But the real purpose is for the benefit of the food itself. Soy lecithin provides food with a longer shelf life with its ability to emulsify and stabilize food. Lastly, 90% of soy in America is genetically modified, so look out for the organic options. Soy lecithin is also usually contaminated with a number of pesticides and insecticides and can cause allergies in sensitive individuals.