Mountain Rose Herbs

Lecithin Powder

Origin
USA

Extraction
De-oiled liquid lecithin

Derived from
Soy beans (Glycine max)

Suggested use
Food and cosmetic use

Lecithin is a waxy like ingredient derived from soybeans. It acts as an emulsifier and thickening agent for both food and cosmetic products and improves a products shelf life by acting as a mild preservative. A valuable ingredient for cosmetic creams, lotions, and other body delights. Powdered lecithin blends easily and disperses evenly into most products and recipes.

Lecithin powder is a wonderful ingredient to add to your culinary and body care recipes. It contains many beneficial properties, and is used as an emulsifier, thickener, stabilizer, mild preservative, moisturizer, and emollient. 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.

Typical Analysis
Color- Flat Yellow/Mustard
Odor- Flat
Size- US #40-50 Mesh
Acetone insoluble- 98%
Acid value- 24
Soybean oil- less than 2%
Moisture- 0.4%

Phosphatide Value
Phosphatidylcholine- 23%
Phosphatidylethanolamine- 19%
Phosphatidylinositol- 14%
Phosphatidic Acid- 8%

Nutritional Value (per 100 grams)
Calories- 700
Total Fat- 53 g
Saturated Fat- 13 g
Monounsaturated Fat- 5 g
Polyunsaturated fat- 35 g
Cholesterol- 0 mg
Sodium- 11 mg
Total Carbohydrate- 8 g
Protein- 0 g
Iron- 4 mg
Potassium- 1200 mg

Cosmetic Use
Lecithin powder may be easily added to your products by first dissolving it into the oil portion of your recipe. To do this, heat the mixture while stirring, until the granules have been fully dissolved. 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.

Precautions
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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