Again always google-check the ingredients in your food, even chocolate and basic ingredients like sugar, even baking powder/soda has aluminum (you can buy aluminum free)
What is soy lecithin?
In the early 1900′s, ‘soy lecithin’ was just a waste product produced during the “degumming” process of soybean oil. By 1908 the soybean crushing and soy oil refining companies were having trouble disposing of the large amounts of foul smelling, fermenting waste product. It is a chemical waste product, and disposing of any waste product costs money – as companies have to pay the city to dispose it.
So the soy plants tried to find ways of utilizing it to save money. Soy plants in Germany decided to name this waste product ‘soy lecithin.’ By 1939 scientists had found more than 1,000 different ways to use soy lecithin.
Why is it bad?
Soy Lecithin is not healthy in anyway – it is a chemical waste product from soy that was just marketed very well – lecithin by itself is not bad and add the name soy because it came from the process and you have a healthy sounding chemical product.
If the soybeans are not organic, then the soy lecithin will contain herbicides and pesticides. And soybeans are often genetically modified which is an additional concern.
Why soy lecithin is in Chocolate and many other foods such as Nature Valley Granola Bars?
Unfortunately it’s not added to chocolate to give you any nutritional value. Soy lecithin is an emulsifier, so it’s added to chocolate to keep the cocoa and the cocoa butter together.
And it’s added to bakery goods to make the dough less sticky and easier to rise.
Basically it is a chemical to keep the chocolate soft and smooth – also works as a preservative
Soybeans and hormones
There are high levels of phytoestrogens in soy lecithin, because phytoestrogens can elevate your estrogen levels if eaten in high doses and can lead to breast cancer
COMMON MISCONCEPTION – soybeans themselves to DO NOT have phytoestrogens, and are healthy for you – however SOY LECITHIN contains phytoestrogens, which is produced from the chemical process and is now in the chemical waste.
Soy products in America may contain these same chemicals, but so far no one is sure – frankly American made soy products are probably from Genetically Modified Soybeans so avoid if possible unless organic.
A lot of unknowing people are allergic to soy lecithin as well.
AVOID SOY LECITHIN - ALWAYS READ THE CONTENTS OF THE FOOD YOU ARE BUYING! If it says Soy Lecithin PLEASE AVOID! It is in many foods and can go unlisted sometimes and every little bit adds up and will affect your health.
The need for lecithin supplementation is rare. We can get it from our everyday food – also where the supplements are coming from are questionable – it always better to eat healthy and get any vitamin or mineral supplements naturally through our food. Especially since it has come to light that even vitamin and mineral supplements have unlisted preservatives.
Stick with the natural sources such as egg yolks and bee pollen.
Vegans - peanuts, wheat and oatmeal.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/493764-bad-effects-of-lecithin/#ixzz1i2WpzRA4
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