TALK TO ME TUESDAYS- WHAT IS SOY LECITHIN?

Hey folks,

Welcome to this edition of Talk To Me Tuesdays! Today's question is, "What is Soy Lecithin"? I'm sure you may have picked up a package with this ingredient listed more than once. Soy Lecithin shows up in many processed foods. JJ and I were in the store yesterday and he was contemplating purchasing something that contained Soy Lecithin. He asked what it was and if had yet addressed it in my blog. I told him I researched it long ago, but couldn't remember exactly and had not yet talked about it here, so now I am! So to refresh my memory and answer JJ and assist you, here we go!

SOY LECITHIN

Soy Lecithin is extracted from the soybean chemically or mechanically. It is the byproduct of soybean's oil. It is commonly used as a supplement because it contains choline which is said to be good for your heart and brain.

It is used however in processed foods because it acts as an emulsifier. It keeps ingredients together so they don't separate. It's used in baked goods to keep dough from sticking and assist in rising.

If you are allergic to soy, you can still eat products that contain soy lecithin because the allergy lies in the protein of the soybean, not in the oil.



SOURCES: foodeducate.com

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