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What's Soy Lecithin Doing in My Chocolate?

What's Soy Lecithin Doing in My Chocolate?

I've been trying to eat more chocolate, only because it has antioxidants, can lower blood pressure, and can even soothe a cough. Well, I'm also addicted, but that's beside the point. I was checking out the label of a bar I picked up and noticed soy lecithin in the list of ingredients. Is it something I should avoid? To find out

Soy lecithin is a food additive extracted from soybeans, and is a by-product of soybean oil. Only a small amount (about one percent of the weight of the food) is added to chocolate to keep the cocoa and cocoa butter from separating. It's not bad for you and actually is high in choline, which is also found in egg yolks, and has been found to be good for brain development, increased memory, and heart disease prevention. Awesome. Another reason to eat chocolate.

Fit's Tips: Soy lecithin is bad if you have an allergy to soy, since it's made from soybeans. So check labels on all products, especially candy bars, breads, cakes and other baked goods. It's used in dough to make it less sticky, and it's added to cake batter to make it spread in the pan more easily.


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mikuspalmis mikuspalmis 9 years
Read this:
graduatedsqueaks graduatedsqueaks 9 years
There are other emulsifiers besides lecithin out there...Emulsifiers help keep the food components evenly distributed and together (especially with foods like chocolate, where you have both oil and non-oil components that need to stay together) There are even other lecithins out there, derived from other food sources. It's pretty cool stuff, but I agree, it is unfortunate for those allergic to soy (or other ingredients).
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Never knew...
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
im allergic to soy :( i cant eat ANYTHING yummy...
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
that pic of chocolate looks so tasty!
knowmercy knowmercy 9 years
In college I was in a club supporting Small Businesses. We put together a business and marketing plan for a company that sold Soy free chocolate developed b/c the owner was allergic to Soy Lecthin. Funny how you never pay attention to something like I've developed an allergy to Whey which is a milk derivative and I'm constantly checking labels.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
wow, so awful for alergic people - have to chekc all the labels for such a small thing as 1% of chocolate...
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