The Magic Drop - Lecithin generally refers to a complex mixture of phosphatides obtained as by-product in the refining process of oils by hydration and subsequent drying.
The main commercial source of lecithin is soybean oil due to its high content in phosphatides (about 2%). However, lecithin can also be obtained from other vegetable oils such as corn, cottonseed, rapeseed, rice, sunflower, etc. and even from eggs, an animal source.
The most interesting components of lecithin are the phospholipids due to their emulsifying properties.
Lecithin is widely used in food processing because of its dispersing, stabilizing, and emulsifying characteristics.
Austrade Inc. offers a variety of lecithin obtained from three different vegetable sources.