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Soy Lecithin

Although the word lecithin is derived from the Greek "lekithos," which means "yolk of an egg," the primary commercial source of lecithin is the soybean.

Soy lecithin is extracted from soybeans and consists of a mixture of three main phospholipids (phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylethanolamine and phosophotidylinositol), glycolipids, neutral lipids and sugars. Soy lecithin is commercially available and can be used in a variety of products from food to pet food pharma to plastics and other industrial applications.

Soy lecithin and choline: Essential nutrients for health and development

Soy lecithin is a source of the essential nutrient, choline, which is available in some foods and as a supplement (granules). There is some evidence that the essential nutrients found in lecithin and choline (phosphatidylcholine) may play a role in memory and cognitive function, as well as liver function. Emerging evidence also indicates that choline may play a role in physical performance. 

Health benefits Role of choline or lecithin


Choline is required for a normal functioning liver


Choline plays a role in brain development and supports brain development


Choline plays a role in brain development and supports brain development

Memory & cognitive

Choline has been shown to be important in brain development and supports memory

How our soy lecithin can help you

Soy lecithin has long been utilized by the food industry in a variety of forms to serve many different functions, from bakery to confectionery to culinary and more. Using specialty processes, we have extended soy lecithin's functionality and physical characteristics to create a wide variety of lecithin products. Here are some of the benefits our soy lecithins can bring to your food products: 

  • Help maintain the stability of foods such as ready-to-serve infant formulas, low-fat salad dressings, margarine and chocolate
  • Help instant powders mix more quickly and effectively, making powdered milk, protein shakes and instant puddings easy-to-enjoy foods
  • Help food release from production equipment and contact surfaces, enabling production of meat products, breads, sliced processed cheese, pasta and cookies

Our lecithin team is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and expertise necessary to analyze products and data, develop prototypes and make appropriate recommendations. Our dedicated sales team and responsive customer service support ensure quality soy lecithin is readily available globally to support your business. 

Find out more

You are welcome to contact us for more information about soy lecithin and the benefits this essential nutrient can provide to your business. 


GMO Answers

Soy Lecithin, Choline and Health brochure

Soy Lecithin: A Smart Choice for an Essential Nutrient brochure