Lecithin (E322) is extracted from various plant sources but usually from soy. Our supplier, ADM, provides lecithin in two basic form.

Lecithin (E322) is extracted from various plant sources but usually from soy. Our supplier, ADM, provides lecithin in two basic forms:

  • Liquid lecithin (Yelkin TS GMO DNA Negative, Yelkin Gold GMO DNA Negative)
  • Deoiled lecithin (Ultralec P GMO DNA Negative, Ultralec G GMO DNA Negative)

Liquid lecithin is a viscous, brown liquid containing at least 62% phospholipids. It also contains some oil and free fatty acids that contribute to the ‘beany’ flavour commonly associated with liquid lecithin.

The product is difficult to handle and will not readily dissolve in water. Clean-up usually requires lots of hot water and industrial strength detergent. However, liquid lecithin will readily dissolve in oil, so it is commonly used in water in oil emulsions.

Hawkins Watts New Zealand offers liquid lecithin in either 20 kilogram pails or 205 kilogram drums, and both packs are usually available ex stock.

Deoiled lecithin is exactly that. Initially, the process involved the removal of oil using acetone with the phospholipids content usually measured as Acetone Insolubles or A.I.

In the late 1990s, ADM developed a new process that extracted the phospholipids without acetone. The result is a much cleaner tasting product with a higher natural Lutein content.

The Ultralec range includes powdered and granular lecithin with a minimum 95% phospholipids content. With the oil and free fatty acids removed, these products are much easier to handle, and are commonly used in products such as bakery mixes, snack bars and cereals.