What is lecithin?
Lecithin is a naturally occurring group of phoshpholipids that is found in nearly every living cell. Commercial sources of lecithin come from soya, sunflower, rapeseed and various other plants and animal forms. Lecithin is used in the food, feed and industrial industries. The food industry has long recognized lecithin for its use as an emulsifier and a wetting agent. But lecithin is much more than that. It can release, disperse, lubricate, soften and control product viscosity. Through specific modifications, lecithin can perform several of these functions simultaneously.
An important ingredient for food processing.
Lecithin has become an invaluable multi-purpose tool in today's food industry. It provides essential processing functions in a variety of food products such as instant drink mixes, non-dairy creamers, meat sauces and gravies, dispersible oleoresins and modern pan releases. It also performs vital functions in more traditional products like margarine, chocolate, baked goods and chewing gum.
A natural ingredient.
Lecithin is a natural ingredient that is being actively researched for its relationship to good health. Today's health-conscious consumers seek out the processed foods that are made with natural ingredients like lecithin instead of those made with chemical additives. For those who have modified their eating habits to include few eggs and less meat, lecithin provides a nutritious dietary supplement source. Lecithin is a rich source of polyunsaturated fats and is cholesterol-free.