lec·​i·​thin | \ ˈle-sə-thən How to pronounce lecithin (audio) \

Definition of lecithin

: any of several waxy hygroscopic phospholipids that are widely distributed in animals and plants, form colloidal solutions in water, and have emulsifying, wetting, and antioxidant properties also : a mixture of or substance rich in lecithins

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The ingredients listed on the packaging are: unbleached enriched flour, sugar, palm and/or canola oil, cocoa, high fructose corn syrup, leavening, corn starch, salt, soy lecithin, vanillin, and unsweetened chocolate. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, "The Great Cookie Debate: Are Oreos Vegan or Not?," 15 Feb. 2018 However, the price of the golden almond has led to the watering down of milks, with manufacturers relying instead on thickening agents like carrageenan and emulsifiers like lecithin. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "The newest trend sweeping Philly coffee shops (and pushing almond milk aside)," 13 Feb. 2018 More significant than the Diggers, perhaps, was a tiny vitamin-and-lecithin store that Fred Rohé took over in the Inner Sunset in 1965. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "How the Bay Area’s counterculture helped sprout hippie food," 19 Jan. 2018 The reason the drops mix so seamlessly into any formula (and then onto your skin) is because the pigments are coated with lecithin, which is biochemically similar to the skin. Carly Cardellino, Cosmopolitan, "The 16 Best Beauty Innovations of 2015," 21 Dec. 2015 The grocery store just recalled 3,448 pounds of its Trader Joe's Chicken Breakfast Sausage after getting word from their supplier, DiLuigi Foods, that the product contains soy lecithin. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "Trader Joe's Just Recalled 3,448 Pounds of Breakfast Sausage," 30 Aug. 2017 Soy, including soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and additives like soy lecithin. Molly Kimball, cleveland.com, "Whole30: Extreme healthy eating, with specific do's and don'ts," 15 Aug. 2017 Nearly all these chocolates contain milk, sugar, cocoa, vanilla and lecithin. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste-Off: The best chocolate chips — and the plasticky ones," 17 Apr. 2017 Fruit juice is mixed with soy and whey protein, but soy lecithin pulled this lower on the nutritional scale. Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times, "Rating store-bought smoothies," 19 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of lecithin

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lecithin

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek lekithos yolk of an egg

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lec·​i·​thin | \ ˈles-ə-thən How to pronounce lecithin (audio) \

Medical Definition of lecithin

: any of several waxy hygroscopic phospholipids in which phosphatidic acid has formed an ester with choline and which are widely distributed in animals and plants, form colloidal solutions in water, and have emulsifying, wetting, and antioxidant properties also : a mixture of or a substance rich in lecithins

called also phosphatidylcholine

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