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What Is Soy Lecithin? Benefits Explained

What Is Soy Lecithin? Benefits Explained

At Happy Way, our focus is to create products that are not only natural and taste delicious, but  are also filled with lots of nutritional goodness. We always think about YOU, our customer, and want to provide you with a product that you not only enjoy using, but is simplified and fuss free. It’s for this reason that we are always looking at improving and have reformulated some of our products to enable you to get even MORE out of your Happy Way. One of the changes we have made recently is adding the ingredient soy lecithin into some of our powders. 

What is soy lecithin you ask? Well, being that we always want to be transparent, we thought we would break it down for you, giving you all the info you need to understand what you’re putting into your bodies and explain why we have made the choice to add this into our products. 

WHAT IS SOY LECITHIN?

Lecithin is a food additive that can be sourced from many places, one of them being soy. Soy lecithin is derived from raw soybeans, where the soybean oil is extracted using a chemical solvent. The oil then goes through a process where it is mixed thoroughly with water until the lecithin ingredient becomes hydrated, separating from the oil, and it is then dried. 

It is likely that you are already consuming soy lecithin and perhaps not even aware, as it is often found in protein powders and many other products, including:-

  • dairy products
  • breads 
  • infant formulas 
  • margarine 
  • dietary supplements and 
  • ice-cream - and who doesn’t love a scoop or two of ice-cream?!l

It can protect flavour in foods, as well as be regarded as an antioxidant, but one of the main reasons it is used in foods/products is that it is considered to be lubricant or emulsifier, allowing your products to have the right texture and consistency. 

WHAT IF I AM ALLERGIC TO SOY?

When you hear the word “additive” it is often met with controversy, however there has been no proven evidence that small amounts of soy lecithin in products can cause harm at all. During the manufacturing process, most of the allergens are removed which means it is safe for those who are allergic to soy based products. According to a study by the University of Nebraska, soy lecithin contains trace amounts of soy proteins, which are known to include soy allergens. But for those consumers that are allergic to soy, the levels of soy protein in soy lecithin are so low that it’s not considered an issue when it’s included in food products that they consume.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LECITHIN?

So what are some of the benefits of having lecithin in your products?

  • Can help lower cholesterol - This is one of the most well known benefits of lecithin, and it has been discovered that soybean lecithin can help lower “bad” cholesterol levels whilst raising “good” cholesterol in people. 
  • Improves heart health - For those at risk of heart disease or high blood pressure, products with soy lecithin have been found to improve cardiovascular health. Soy products also take longer to digest, so for some it can have them feeling fuller for longer. 
  • Assists with digestion - Being that lecithin is an emulsifier, it helps improve the mucus in your intestine which in turn makes digestion easier, whilst also protecting the digestive system. 
  • Can help breastfeeding mothers - It has been recommended by some breastfeeding experts that lecithin can help prevent the blocking of milk ducts in your breasts.
  • Helps soothe and moisturise skin when found in skin care products - Lecithin is often used as an emollient in skin care products, which promotes hydration and moisture levels in the skin. 

WHY ARE WE USING SOY LECITHIN IN SOME OF OUR PRODUCTS?

At Happy Way we have chosen to incorporate the ingredient soy lecithin into some of our powders to improve the user experience for our customers. Adding a small amount of soy lecithin into some of our protein powders (only 0.1%) allows them to mix well when used in your blended smoothies and pre/post workout shakes, which are made just by mixing your favourite protein with water. We wanted to ensure that you can get the most out of your Happy Way proteins, and that it’s not a workout in itself to get your powders mixed to the right consistency!

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