Mountain Rose Herbs

Lecithin, Liquid


Gummed soybeans

Derived from
Soy beans (Glycine max) Certified Non-GMO

Suggested use
Food and cosmetic use

A revolutionary process which does not utilize solvent or alcohol extraction has now awarded us with certified organic liquid lecithin. A special medium for both dietary and cosmetic purposes, this lecithin acts as an emulsifier and thickening agent for body care products and improves a products shelf life by acting as a mild preservative. Because of its liquid nature, it may be seamlessly blended into cosmetic creations, thus removing blending barriers commonly found in both granules and powder.

Liquid Lecithin is currently listed as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) as a multi-purpose food additive. Stores well under most conditions but extremes in temperature may cause a loss in quality. Ideal storage conditions are no less than 40 degrees and no higher than 100 degrees. Liquid Lecithin is a thick viscous semi solid resembling molasses and it may become further liquefied using a double boiler, microwave oven, or you may place it in a pot of simmering water for 10-20 minutes. Organic Soy lecithin contains a natural mixture of triglycerides, phospholipids and glycolipids with a small amount of carbohydrates.

Typical Analysis
Color- Brown
Odor- Heavy resembling oil fats
Acetone insolubles- 61.15%
Acid value- 3.5
Hexane insolubles- 0.16%
HLB Value- 4-6
Soybean oil- 37%
Moisture- 0.18%
Peroxide Value- 0.7 meq/kg
Total plate count- 900 cfu/g

Phosphatide Value
Phosphatidycholine- 16.4%
Phosphatidylethanolamine- 10%
Phosphatidylinositol- 10.2%
Phosphatidic Acid- 2.60%

Lecithin is a wonderful ingredient to add to your culinary and bodycare recipes. It contains many beneficial properties, and is used as an emulsifier, thickener, stabilizer, mild preservative, moisturizer, and emollient. Lecithin can be utilized in almost any recipe, and is commonly found in both food and cosmetic products. Cosmetically, it may be added to moisturizers, makeup, shampoos, conditioners, body washes, lip balms, and many other products. It is a great alternative to other emulsifying and stabilizing agents, some of which are derived from petrochemical sources. For food use, lecithin is often found in chocolate, baked goods, salad dressing, and many other prepared foods.

Cosmetic Use
Liquid Lecithin may be easily added to your products by simply blending it into your recipe. The amount of Lecithin used depends upon the recipe type and size, and on the product thickness desired. However, a general rule is 1/2-1 Tablespoon for a 19 oz batch of cream. We recommend experimenting with the amount in small batches.

Culinary Use
Made from soybeans, our lecithin is a healthful and invaluable culinary ingredient. It is often present in vegan or low fat cooking as an alternative to fat in baked goods, and improves moisture and texture at the same time. It may be added to a variety of baked items including breads, cakes, casseroles, and cookie dough as an anti-caking, pan release, and moisturizing agent. Bakers also employ lecithin for its ability to help dough rise, create uniformity and suspension in the batter, and to lessen the dough’s tendency to be sticky while kneading. In addition, lecithin is commonly used for its emulsifying properties in mayonnaise, margarine, shortening, salad dressing, and other water-oil combinations. For the same suspending and emulsifying properties, it is added to various sauces, gravies, soups, nut butters, and gravies. Lecithin is an important ingredient in chocolate, caramels, confectionary coatings for spattering control, to prevent crystallization, and as an emulsifier. .

Medicinal Applications
Because of its many health and cosmetic benefits, lecithin is truly an amazing ingredient. Lecithin may be easily added to your culinary or cosmetic recipes. We recommend that you try this wonderful product yourself, as it may prove to be a key ingredient for your overall health and well-being.

Although no drug interactions have been found, we recommend speaking with your healthcare practitioner before incorporating lecithin into your diet. Lecithin may cause mild gastrointestinal upset, loose stools, or diarrhea.

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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