Vitamins and Supplements
What is soy lecithin?
Asked in Food & Cooking
Can lecithin be eaten by those with soy allergies?
Lecithin can come from two main sources; soy or eggs. Clearly if you have a soy allergy, eating soy lecithin is unwise. Luckily, if lecithin is from soy, it must be labelled "soy lecithin" on the packaging. Eating egg lecithin should present no problems. I should point out that the vast majority of regular chocolate bars contain soy lecithin rather than egg; lecithin-free chocolate is a specialty product which can sometimes be found in specialist chocolateries or health-food stores.
Asked in Cooking Measurements
How many grams are in one teaspoon of Soy Lecithin?
Asked in Allergies, Nutrition, Celiac Disease, Biochemistry
Does soy lecithin contain gluten?
Asked in Halal and Haram
Is lecithin halal for Muslims?
There is no definite answer to this question since Lecithin (which is an emulsifier) may be derived form either plant (i.e. soy lecithin) - or animal source. Here in Germany it is specifically written if the lecithin is derived from soy beans (= soy lecithin). If only "lecithin" is written on the product, one has to ensure (f.e. by contacting the producer) whether its derived from animal or plant-source. See more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lecithin
Asked in Nutrition, Food Science
How is soy lecithin made?
Lecithin is a combination of phospholipids that naturally occur in soybeans. Lecithin gums are obtained from soy oil after the oil has been extracted from the soybean flakes. Lecithin is removed from the soybean oil using a steam precipitation process. Precipitate is spray dryed to be transformed into Lecithin powder for use as ingredient in dry foods and it has the same applications as the liquid Soya Lecithin
Asked in Vitamins and Supplements, Nutrition, Chemistry
Is soy lecithin the same as peanut lecithin?
The most different point is the composition of lecithin. Peanut lecithin contain: - PC (phosphatidyl choline)=49 % - PE (phosphatidyl inositol)=16 % - PI (phosphatidyl ethanolamine)=22 % Soybean lecithin contain: PC=21 %, PE=22, PI=19 %, PA (phosphatidic acid)=10 %, PS (phosphatidyl serine)=1 %, Glycolipid=12 % This is a simple answer. The chemical composition of lecithin is dependent on the source; soy lecithin and peanut lecithin are not identical.