Soy Lecithin—What Is This Stuff?

If you’re a label reader, and I’m guessing that you are, you’ve probably seen this a lot. I see it all the time, and I try to pay particular attention to it because my mom can’t have soy flour. It nulls her thyroid medication. Soy can also do weird things to hormone levels, among other things.

Soy Lecithin (pronounced les-uh-thin) is a natural oily substance found in soy plants. This article from Fooducate shares some basic information about it. And it spurred a firestorm of comments on the food industry and allergies. Here are some basic takeaways on lecithin: it occurs naturally, essentially it acts as an emulsifier, keeping your food together, and it is typically used because it’s so affordable.

Of all things that get tossed into our food supply, I don’t think this will be at the top of the list as one of the “worst” but keep in mind that it’s good to avoid processed foods as much as possible, soy grown in the US is mostly genetically modified, and you’ll want to tread cautiously with soy products if you have allergies, thyroid issues, or hormone issues.

And now we all know it is pronounced les-uh-thin.

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