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Re: Lecithin

> What is wrong with LECITHIN?  I thought it was some sort of
> soy product that was beneficial.  I see it sold as a supplement in
> the health food store.

Lecithin (phosphatidycholine, a phospholipid) is found in all living 
organisms. Commercially, is most commonly extracted from egg yolks 
and soybeans. It is used as an antioxidant and emolient in cosmetics, 
soaps and skin care products and is considered beneficial in natural 
medicine, when taken in whole foods, particularly legumes, for heart 
disease and high blood pressure. 

Lecithin granules, when mixed equally with water, are sometimes used 
as an "oil-less" cooking medium. Since it burns at a lower 
temperature than most oils, it cannot be used above 350 F. (180 C.),
a level just above "low" called "moderate heat".

Lecithin is an ingredient in some fat substitutes, such as 

Vegetarians should be aware of the source from which lecithin is 
derived. In some common forms it is 100 percent calories from fat.
Neal Pinckney <> Healing Heart Foundation <> Makaha, Hawaii <> AH6HM