Soy lecithin is extracted from raw soybeans. It is mostly applied in the food industry as a preservative and flavour protector. Hexane, a chemical solvent, is first used to extract the oil which is then processed through a process known as degumming which facilitates the separation and drying of the lecithin.
28 grams of soybean lecithin has the following nutritional content:
- 2.3 milligrams of vitamin E.
- 51 micrograms of vitamin K.
- 214 calories.
- 98 milligrams choline.
- 28 grams of fat.
- 1,438 milligrams omega-3 fatty acids.
- 11, 250 milligrams omega-6 fatty acids.
Application of soybean lecithin
- It is used as an emulsifier.
- It is used as a wetting agent.
- It is used for viscosity reduction.
- It is used as a release agent.
- It is used in crystallization control.
- It is used as an antioxidant.
- It is applied to protect flavour.