You can find Soy Lecithin in almost every processed food. It has entered our food culture from many years ago. Even health stores carry products that contain soy lecithin. It is mostly used as an emulsifier, and comes out from chocolate and salad dressings to supplements and tea bags.
So what is Soy Lecithin?
Lecithin is an emulsifying substance that our body produces naturally and it can be found in many plants. It can be used in many products just to keep water and fat from separating. It helps bind components together and prolong the shelf life of a product.
Soy Lecithin has a wide range of usage in candy bars because it keeps chocolate and cocoa butter together. It is extracted from sources such as eggs, soy beans, milk, rapeseed, marine sources, sunflower and cottonseed.
Lecithin was discovered by the French scientist Maurice Gobley in 1805. He named it ’’lekithos” after the Greek Word for ’’egg yolk’’.
Soy lecithin in 1900’s was a waste product that occurred during the process of soybean oil. Until 1908 the manufacturing of soy bean had thrived and they could not get rid of the waste product fast enough. Soy processors in Germany thought of ways to use the waste product which later they named ’soy lecithin’. By 1939 scientists had discovered over a 1,000 ways to use soy lecithin. Soy lecithin is mostly made from soy oil, which is usually derived through a chemical process hexane.
These are the reasons why you should avoid Soy Lecithin
- Some studies claim that soy Lecithin is a great help in fight against dementia, atherosclerosis, anxiety, multiple sclerosis, tremors, psoriasis, gall stones and eczema. The biggest problem related with soy lecithin comes from soy itself because most of the soy in the market is genetically modified (GM).
- Many experiments have proven that GM food scan can create big damages to our health. GM soy contains very high levels of toxicants.
- Soy contains toxins and plant estrogens that may interrupt women’s menstrual cycles. Furthermore it can damage the thyroid and lower the testosterone levels. Stimulating the progression of breast cancer is also linked to Soy.
- Soybeans are high in substance that can block the absorption of essential minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, Zink, copper in the intestinal tract.
Because unfermented soy it’s cheaper, producers use it more often. Take our advice and if you still stick to your soy products, at least look for fermented non-GMO soy sources.
Source: The Whole Soy’s Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food