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All of us trying to do the best and often find it to be very difficult to find and consume only health foods. The lecithin may be increasing estrogenic activity and effectively giving you too much estrogen, or the phytoestrogen in the lecithin may be interfering with your body metabolising your own estrogen. I would like to enhance my acetylcholine production to help with me sexually. Plus I have to take estrogen-blockers for the next years to keep the estrogen from coming back. I felt like Chris was making a different point about it, maybe someone can explain what was implied more detailed. To get these ingredients to stay together you need an emulsifying agent. I lost a lot of weight on it but then was diagnosed with estrogen positive Breast cancer and gained all my weight back!

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It may be the coconut. I would try using only All free and clear and no fabric softener or dryer sheets. They make us itch to death. Also, try only using cetaphil body wash. I used to itch every night all night and it is much better now since I switched to no fragrance products. I am an allergy queen, as I suffered immensely as a child and have had myriad treatments.

I have done a lot of reading and trying things out over many years: I am almost 60 years old and have allergic daughters, though, not a severe as I.

I find that I cannot have anything fermented like soy sauce or wine or vinegar. I do not eat eggplant, tomato or green pepper. I take high quality vitamins and mineral and a daily broad spectrum probiotic. If I have milk product, they not only cause gastro pain, etc. I break out severely between fingers a day later. I can have a bit of dairy in baking, etc. This makes dining out difficult. I usually have to have grilled protein and salad with oil only on the side.

Try cutting out these foods for a month, and see what happens. Egg whites, if you are sure you are not allergic Yams — so neutral Cooked apples Chicken soup: Jewish pennecillin Grilled meat Chick peas Cooked green beans, green peas, spinach whole grain bread or cereal, if you are not allergic rice milk as a super mild substitute for milk, tho less nutritious than almond or soy.

These can be irritants. In flavored seltzer, for example. Have you tried a liver detox? They are absolute lowest on the allergen scale for fruit. But you have to peel the pears and make sure they are ripe.

Find out about salicylates, oxcylates and amines. Please have yourself checked out medically for your continuing issue. Tried it numerous times. I had eaten them all my life and at age 53 ended up in the hosital emergency room with hives covering most of my body.

They are in the same family as rubber, latex, banana, allergies. I am also allergic to soy. Be careful eat eating them. I get sick from them if I use a knife. They have so much soy wax on them. Pealing them have kept the soy out of the mix. In response, I was prompted to this article while researching soy lecithin. I started doing so as a result of reading the ingredient list on my morning tea bag. Surprisingly, it shows up there too. While it takes an exorbitant amount of time to shop, reading labels is the only way to sure when purchasing processed food.

When someone has severe allergies, like our kids, even ppm can be deadly. Keep up the battle. I have found out that it is yeast that makes me itch! Many items have hidden yeast… Grapes, stock cubes. I really recommend you try going strictly yeast free. Dysbiosis a balance of unhealthy gut flora can cause itching. Yeast overgrowth in the digestive system from lack of healthy bacteria probiotics and too many carbohydrates in the diet is often the reason.

A lack of calcium can also cause itchy skin. Marina, I know from personal experience that too much calcium can cause itching. I read about it and made the connection then dialed back the calcium and that took care of the itching. The websites disagree on which foods carry more nickel, and it depends on the soil they are grown in which is annoying to no end , but if you have random contact dermatitis it could be cheap jewelry, drinks and food from a can or certain offending foods with nickel.

The body absorbs nickel along with iron so eating a iron-rich diet can help and vitamin C also helps some people. Thanks Paige — I have been wondering about nickel. A few years ago I discovered I am sensitive to nickel because of problems with my pierced ears and then started having trouble with canned foods. This one took a while to figure out. I came to this site thinking I was beginning to have problems with soy lecithin, and it actually might be the chocolate itself due to nickel.

PLP, is it possible you are reacting to what the chickens were fed? There are so many things to consider. I was eliminating foods like you are and still having reactions. Finally I went to an allergist and did a scratch test and found out I was allergic to a lot of the healthy foods I was still eating daily like apples, grapes, spinach, blueberries, cucumbers and tomatoes.

Processed soy make me sick. Until just last year I thought I was dieing out of the 6 years of being miserable. All my food I eat I have to ask about soy.

Most medicines contain soy. I have to have all mine made at a compounding facility. I cant use most band aids, Neosporin contains soy. All Advil products contain soy.

I feel like I live in a third world country. If I eat anything containing soy lecithin, my body shuts down until it passes through my system witch takes hours unless I take a laxative. I became soy intolerant because I ate to much of it. I lived off of fast food for 10 years. Now I cant even touch it. I cant touch anything with soy or I risk the horrible side effects.

I got on here to read about this because my 2 year old daughter has horrible food allergies. It is scary and exhausting and so discouraging. I still give her cereal in her bottle because she wakes at night and it pacifiers her but I was just realizing that it has soy lecithin.

She has lost almost All speech. She was saying everything at 18 months, counting along with us, saying the alphabet with us, etc. Her hearing has been an issue apparently. I hope it helps her. Your daughter is having a serious intolerance reaction to food that she is going backwards in her development.

She probably needs dairy, soy, wheat and eggs removed for at least a month. Find a Pediatrician who is not mainstream. Meaning a functional medicine or intervention medicine Pediatrician who will walk you through getting her healthy.

Yeah, and the cereal in the bottle has got to go. So please please see a developmental pediatrician AND call your local Child find esp. Allergies can aggravate developmental issues but they are rarely the only thing going on. If hearing is an issue, that should also be addressed without delay because that alone can cause developmental delays at that age.

I second the motion on the Gerson diet. Dr Gerson eliminated massive migranes that started during his med school training by starting from scratch with apples only, then adding other items like carrots, all organic foods only.

As a result, he found that the diet he created eliminated almost all chronic and simple diseases, including TB, migraines, Type 2 Diabetes, and today his clinic and others that follow the diet strictly have even eliminated terminal cancer. Make the body healthy, and the diseases go away. The bodies immune system, if made healthy, is designed to cure itself.

Feel free to email me at: MLEE, regression and loss of previously attained skills are symptoms of iatrogenic vaccine injury. There are holistic doctors who specialize in treating these injuries. Probiotics can help heal the entire body.

You can have a hair analysis done on her and this may help to find her intolerances or allergies…it sounds like you might not want to wait to long, as her body is telling you that something is out of balance and her cognitive skills are being challenged!

All doctors are not created equal…. Hello John, May I make a suggestion? When you find you have accidently ingested soy, have you thought of treating yourself the way a hospital would? For decades hospitals have treated poisonings with activated charcoal. Activated charcoal adsorbs toxins not absorbs right out of your system and its saved many a life.

Its totally non-toxic and so safe you can brush your teeth with it. Its cheap and available at most all drug stores, health food stores, Amazon, even WalMart, in both caps and powder. You might shorten your recovery time by trying it too… http: Its funny you should suggest that. The covering of the pills contain soy. When I digest it, laxative are the best solution, in its self most laxatives contain soy.

I just deal with the issue until it passes through my system. Unless its compounded I cannot and will not take it. I cannot take most Antibiotics, the pills contain soy. Unless it can be compounded there is no use in me taking it. I live in Texas, might as well live on a small Island. I have very few foods I can eat.

Even the ones from the grocery store have a soy covering. Unless I start going my own foods, I will never enjoy a good apple any time soon. It causes tumors to grow anywhere there are nerves. Soy can mimic estrogen which feeds tumor growth, so I try and avoid it.

I also started taking a turmeric supplement for anti-inflammatory purposes. Would you recommend NOT taking these? The pills are expensive and much less effective than making your own paste and making golden milk or put it in a smoothie or something.

Or turmeric user group in Facebook.. Anne, I buy fresh organic turmeric rhizomes from the grocery and use them for tea, broth, etc. Before I found those I just used the organic powdered form in the spice section.

Stay away from supplement form if you can. I have hypothyroid disease and generally avoid soy because of the disease. How is this different then the soy that is in food that I avoid. If my multi-vitamin has soy lecithin in it should I also avoid that multi-vitamin since I avoid most of the soy I find in ingredients for my food?

I, too, have hypothyroidism autoimmune and I would like to know the answer to this, as well. I have read that there are many benefits from taking lecithin supplements but, from this article, it sounds like choline is actually doing the body good. My biggest symptom was severe sinus inflammation which were so severe that we believed to be migraines for the first few years. For severe chronic sinus problems, read up on serrapeptase. I just recently started taking it so its too soon to tell but the information looks promising!

Chronic sinus problems are also linked to dairy and gluten sensitivity. Try eliminating both of these for a month and see if there is an improvement. If either are the culprit it will take this long to find relief with a strict diet excluding both. All the above stopped when I found out I have a Gluten Intolerance problem.

Been GF for over 4 years and have never been sick since then. As for diary,Ive known the dangers of consuming that since I was a kid. Our Doctor when I was little told my Mom to keep it away from us. Casein in milk causes blocked sinuses. Those intolerant will find the symptoms pronounced if they supplement with Micellar Casien as found in protein shakes used by fitness enthusiasts.

Similar reactions to other cassienates found in these shakes. A few days off it and the blocked noses clear up. Soy lecithin is a compound produced from soybean oil. Soy lecithin supplements may help decrease the symptoms of certain medical conditions and are often marketed commercially as a weight-loss aid. However, there is little reputable scientific evidence to indicate that using soy lecithin regularly has any beneficial effect on weight.

Talk to your doctor about the possible drawbacks of making soy lecithin a part of your weight-management regimen and about other lifestyle changes that can contribute to enhanced health and sustainable weight loss.

I wonder if this research, refers to the promising studies surrounding the use of D Chiro Inositol, which have suggested improvements in insulin resistance for women with PCOS and Type 2 Diabetics.? Soy Lecithin is a dietary source, high in D Chiro Inositol. Taking mg 2 pills with each meal along with Vitamin E and Omega-3 has been a miracle at disintegrating gall stones over the course of a couple months.

So glad to have avoided gall bladder surgery. Please tell me if you take organic tablets, and what make? I would like to know, if it is chemicals, mostly vitamins or is the soy organic. The product is MediFast. Medifast is soy based. I lost a lot of weight on it but then was diagnosed with estrogen positive Breast cancer and gained all my weight back! Do you know if that include soy lecithin? I am soy allergic and I have had reactions to both spy oil and Soy Lecithin.

Just this past week another one to Soy Lecithin in a bread that did not have it before but they now they added it to the bread recently. Had a reaction a few months back when someone use a can of supposed canola oil spray and yup they also had started adding Soy Lecithin to it as well I get fairly severe reactions so all these manufactures using Soy Lecithin in everything they make is a real issue for me and others with severe Soy Allergies.

It may be worth looking into Hexane sensitivity if you have an allergy soy lecithin but not to whole soy. I traced my sinus pain, asthma reaction, and vertigo back to consuming soy lecithin years ago but would still ocassionally have reactions in spite of avoiding soy lecithin. Would you recommend a person with a history of thyroid disorder particularly thyroid nodules stay away from daily supplements that may contain soy lecithin? In regards to whether it is safe to use soy lecithin if you have hypothyroidism.

It should be safe. I would refer you to the following website. Thanks for the run down. I have an allergy to soy, such as tofu, edamame, soy milk. I have many other allergies and I know it depends on the amount and form of proteins — I have a severe reaction to some things raw, but once they are cooked beyond recognition I can tolerate them.

So for almost Our body struggle to survive in nature because the nature is not specifically designed for us. Better stats when comparing longevity, whether it be between our ancient brethren and us or across the last century years is to compare adult death rates, not general populations that include infants and the young.

Childhood illness, accidents etc. Adult comparison from age 20 gives about the best comparisons of longevity across the ages. Using this measure, our grandparents actually did very well compared to us death rates and now. Cancer rates and heart disease in the adult set were very uncommon until the s when they began to rise dramatically, due to denuding of grains in processing another factors chemicals for one ; today, both heart disease and cancer rates are skyrocketing and a decline in longevity is happening.

The real boost in the last century to longevity were modern cleanliness, antibiotics and work related laws. Remember, survival depends on knowledge from the older generations, a vital link to past dangers. If few lived beyond age 30, it is unlikely our species would have survived. Namaste and care, mhikl. Well, nature was made for us to enjoy! Its as simple as Adam n Eve who sinned and did not listen to God.

Since then we all are born with sin and it has its effects on the mind evil people putting chemicals in our foods , as well as sins effect on the physical body sickness and age of dying. It comes down to your free will God gave you and how you use it. Believe what u want to believe, everyone has free speech, you said ur point of view about nature n man, n here is mine.

Have a good day.! It is untrue because the Bible lets us know that Adam and Eve lived no longer then at most years ago. There is nothing wrong with eating any way you prefer to if it makes you feel healthy, but please do not base it on the lie of evolution. Not only your physical health and well being are at stake here, but your eternal destiny.

Out of place artifacts and other historical evidence suggest otherwise. There is nothing wrong with eating like cave men. You say they all died young as if it was their diet that killed them, and that is a crock. Cave men and women died young because of exposure, accidents, animal attacks, insect bites, snake bites, drowning, bad weather, disease, and violence with other men and women…….

In response to the person who asked why would we want to eat like cavemen as they died young, you have to remember, that cave people also had environmental threats on their lives. For example, they could easily freeze to death, or be eaten by a larger animal. They could twist their ankle and be left behind by their tribe or clan because they were a burden.

If food was scarce, they could starve to death. The bottom line is, they did not have all the modern day diseases that we suffer from today because we eat the standard American diet SAD. Meaning that a lot of people died but not from cancer, heart disease or diabetes which are diet related!!! Whether they died from hunger or cold at 2 years old or were eaten by a lion at 43 or injured themselves at 69 and bled out.

What is the nature of your worry? By the way you should explore the Budwig diet on the astounding applications of the stuff. Even buying chicken and beef is hard these days bc animals are fed vegetarian diets containing soybeans to bulk them instead of hormone injections.. Even meat that says from grass fed cows still can contain soy bc they are given soybeans too is what a local farm representative told me. Long story but hopefully caught early.. Thx for all who research about soy and soy lecithin..

I try to not google much but when I saw the jelly beans I have for my kids and I love them too contains soy lecithin I was shocked and my husband said that product is in a lot of candy. I will err on the side of staying away unless it is fermented. You do not stay need to stay away from flaxseed. It is about the healthiest thing you can eat combined with cottage cheese, neither the CC nor the Flax seed seed retain their original state but turn into a very healthy supplement.

Please do check out the Budwig diet. It is a miracle that has healed many of cancer and heart disease and diabetes. My daughter is allergic to soy and almost died due to the soy lecithin which was hidden on the ingredients list.

Thank G-d she was close to a hospital where they were able to get an epi-shot into her. She MUST carry an epi-pen with her at all times. I am also a non-gmo freak and there is no way anyone can tell me the stuff is safe.

The myth, and that is what it is- a myth that soy is in someway bad for you is an unfortunate lie being told over and over again!

Soy is nearly a perfect food, the phytoestrogen it contains is nothing like animal estrogens that have been linked to cancer. God gave us soy to eat, buy organic and eat to your hearts content! Or in your classification of organic? Or is it a myth that soy converts to MSG in the body? Yes, allergy to soy is a lie. Next time I am in the er in anaphylaxis I will just say to myself, walk it off. Soy allergy is a lie.

I am totally sure the blood allergy tests are a lie too. I am also allergic to nuts and eggs. My son is allergic to beef and pork, although just hives. Unless you have had your airway almost swollen shut then you should really keep your uneducated opinion to yourself. Please check your information before posting. Soy especially GMO soy contains phytoestrogens which even though may be natural is not good for everyone. Estrogen driven cancers are worsened with phytoestrogens. Soy lecithin is poisonous to me.

Soy was good at one point, but in this case if you eat it raw it will kill you because its poisonous in its basic form. Fermented in low quantities has been OK for thousands of years in the Orient. But some idiot found that processing the Tard out of it was soo cheap the money was so easy to be made from it. They paid for US to use it and enough paid out to look away from the bad side of it.

What about soy lecithin and hypothyroidism? Is it a problem to have some in my organic acai breakfast smoothie. I bought protein powder and they say that it contains mg of soy lecithin per serving. I drink it twice a day so its mg. Is this to much? I am TTC and a acupuncture lady said no soy for me. But its hard to find price decent protein powders with NO soy.

Of all the protein powders I found this one has no soy and it tastes brilliant i think because all it has in it is whey. Kamila, I have never understood why anyone would use protein powders. Protein is so complex and is found in animal and plant sources when combined properly—if you are vegetarian.

Have you tried hemp protein? Hemp seed are a complete protein, which are easily digested, and if grown in Australia they are also organic. It is legal to purchase them in Australia and take them overseas to be consumed however it is illegal to eat them in Australia.

They do not have the effects of marijuana. I have a question. I was told by a midwife that if I take a soy lethicin supplement it will help me heal from ligament stretching in my pelvis.

I was unable to walk for two months after the last baby I had and am now pregnant again. Right now I avoid most soy in processed food unless it happens to be in chocolate or eggs in the wintertime feed. What can I do as I have been told that soy is bad. Your article is saying different and unfortunately I am just taking peoples word about soy because I am not a nutritionist. I do not want to harm the baby as it grows but also would like to avoid this pain after the birth too.

Hello Kim, If your midwife thinks lecithin is a good idea, you could try either sunflower or eggyolk lecithin.

I had to use crutches and cried in pain everyday. Good luck and always heal yourself naturally xx. Our cultures have lost the ancient wisdoms handed down by mid-wives and natural healers. The accepted medical supporters today regurgitate what they have been taught, much of which is good, other stuff, not so much. Anything not accepted by Big Pharma and the bought medical system are tossed out as quackery.

My mum was killed by the med profession when in hospital when she was not allowed to bring in her magnesium supplements, so I speak from experience, and resentment. She was simply being assessed at the age of 74, in a hospital suite, for independent living. RiboCein is what we use to increase the natural production of intracellular glutathione and by increasing glutathione gsh inflammation goes down and pain disappears.

Usually allergies are a result of less than perfect immune system and this some times can be corrected. The benefits of increasing glutathione production are too many to list here but allergies gone could be one of them.

What about lecithin supplements derived from sunflower seeds? Your article mentions various sources for lecithin, but discusses only soy-derived lecithin.

I have a problem with soya and soya products. But what is the reason behind this? The other 30 converts to MSG and describes a handful of negative effects all the way to liver failure… Article is http: By law lecithin sold in the US cannot contain more than 0. The internet is a wonderful thing anyone including me can write it and it becomes fact or truth.

You CB are right about one thing: If they extract 70 percent protein from the soy then it is not 70 that stays in it. This extraction in the article par. I take soy lecithin as a supplement because of the high phosphatidyl serine content.

Should I stop taking it? My daughter suffered from severe eczema last year but now it is under control. I have however noticed that eating kinder chocolate or tunacks tea cake she breaks out in a nettle like rash and is very itchy, both these products contain soya leithcin. She is still young to get an allergy test but was wondering if she has a soya allergy? This is an important issue with women who have estrogen-positive breast cancer. So now another safe way to deliver vitamin C is no longer safe?

We were taking the new kind of delivery system by LiveOn Labs, of soy nanobubbles delivering dissolved C straight through the gut into the bloodstream. This is heartbreaking to me, because my cousin has this breast cancer and we both felt it was safe based on several articles and one medical study abstract, but she has developed new tumors in spite of doing everything she can to filter her water, give up processed foods, changing to organic toiletries, and in general reading all labels.

She is off the lipospheric C and now just takes the Ester C. Hello Tess, There is another very effective way to take vitamin C, dissolve the crystals in water with half as much baking soda and after it stops fizzing, drink. Here is a video of Captain Randall the author of Forbidden Healing showing how: I have not seen this, but do wonder how the baking soda helps get it through the gut without breaking down the C.

I will certainly check this out. My husband and I also take the liposomal vitamin c though, we make our own and really like the way it works. I have often wondered whether or not the soy lecithin has an effect on my hormones. It seems when I take it my mood changes. We have, however, used sunflower lecithin as a substitute, but I am not sure that it works as well as soy lecithin. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that there are other lecithins on the market. After reading about the use of sunflower lecithin in dark chocolate, I am wondering if the amount of sunflower lecithin just needs to be changed in liposomal vitamin c.

Please take a look at the research ers associated with grassrootshealth net or carole baggerly. And check out vitamindcouncil org. Among its uses by different cells of the body: You body may or may not need it in different quantities eg, used up faster when fighting the flu, cancer, etc.

A lot of recent US maladies have likely come from the advice of using sunscreen so much rather than get the minutes of midday UVB sunlight needed for health.

Some research even shows indoor workers with 3x rate of melanoma than those who work outside less UVB and higher UVA since in part windows filter out UVB so roll down window during the middle day for at least a few minutes if you can. Please look at the research and try this natural.. It correlates low in people with many types of cancers. Sample Carole quote from skinnymom com: Very, very committed to pursuing primary prevention, especially through the active use of vitamin D.

I am not sure that is all you are doing, but you may want to read up on the Gerson Protocol and all other literature that promotes a healthy raw whole-foods diet to help with cancer. Mayo Clinic has a web site that sates no male child should ever be put on soy milk, due to estrogen content. Also, that any male still wishing to have children should avoid soy, as it will reduce testosterone levels. China and Japan have a long history of high soy consumption and they now have the highest populations.

Japan also had among the lowest breast cancer rates in the world until about a decade ago when the birth control pill was made legal. Ergo, it has not increased breast cancer rates in any noticeable way. Can anyone comment about soy and infertility in men? Lecithin is a major ingredient in Sperm. There seems to be some information out there, that increasing intake of raw eggs or soy lecithin can really increase sperm volume.

Would liver also help this? I guess it has Choline but not sure. Seems like the wise choice would be cage free, good diet, raw eggs in a smoothie perhaps. I mean Soybean oil with show up in a can of water based Tuna! Some Soy products have to be worse than others. Or using a healthy as i can find Stir Fry sauce. Which is a really tough task.

Their all mostly salty MSG crap! If anything, soy increases fertility. Only assumptions based on similarity to estrogren.

High intake levels of soy and soy products have been shown to produce or add to your estrogen levels, lowering sperm count and T-levels lots of effects for men. Normal intake of soy is about 25 grams, but as I get older and my natural ability to produce T decreases, I have reduced the amount of soy intake.

For women an increased chance of breast and cervical cancer may exist with high levels of estrogen. Also bone density will decrease if the levels of T decreases. Just think of T levels being inversely proportional to estrogen levels as a rule of thumb. No, I know both sides of the soy issue and choose to stay away unless it is fermented and then only in moderation. Soy formula was approved by WIC back in and now those women who were fed soy formula have thyroid issues. Breast cancer rates are ever increasing and girls as young as 7 are starting their periods and developing breasts.

Too much is unknown. Found the article on sugar very enlightening, thank you. Please explain to me if soy protein powder, which I have been taking for years as a supplement, is harmful to me. I assume it is not fermented. I am female aged 75 and I run and lift weights. Thank you Regards Carla. Even then in moderation. I too wonder who is paying Chris to pass out this mis-information.

This goes for Dr. Most times you can simply follow the money to their opinion. So from reading this it seams to me that men should do their best to not consume any soy products or flax seed?

I would never consume anything soy especially if it is not Non GMO and or fermented. Get sunflower lecithin instead. If your child has food allergies ie: My guess is the soy foundation! Soy may not be dangerous for the body but most of it is made with seriously dangerous toxic for the soil, air, water and people living closed by, so for the sake of supporting a better environment, including the people living around, I strongly suggest we all get off soy totally.

Lecithin from sunflower, eggs, liver, pollen, etc. I am a food lover but always make sure what i am putting into my stomach before taking it. I had severe sinus infections for almost 6 years after living in a mold infested house. I tried everything to get rid of them and eventually found one site that suggested Soy Lecithin might be connected to sinus inflammation. I cut it out and the sinus infections stopped. My father[ageyr] under treatment for moderate to severe dementia of Alzheimer type with both drugs [ mamentine HCL in morning and Donep in night- each 10 mg.

And they put it in infant formula. Hi Chris, the great dr Jensen highly recommended soy lecithin. Are you aware of the studies using flax seed that helped the body metabolize estrogen into the cancer protective metabolites? You stuck to facts and put things in perspective. An answer to that question could have been the most important part of your article. I would like an answer to that, too. Elevated cholesterol and hypothyroid seem to go hand in hand.

What can we do to lower our cholesterol? I found another source that said soy lecithin powder has had the estrogens and other toxic compounds removed but that the granulated form has soybean oil mixed with the powder and does contain some of these compounds. Is this enough to be concerned about, and why would they add soybean oil to the soy lecithin powder?

Soy Lecithin is now commonly used as a mixing emulsifier, especially with chocolate. I so wish Soy lecithin was taken out of everything and rated as a poison. I might one day be able to live here without being in fear of digesting Soy lecithin. I assume this would also apply to infant formula. Carolyn, from what I can glean, soy lecithin is much higher in phosphatides than sunflower lecithin. I believe the concerns of the soy source are overblown. According to Carlson Wade, author of Lecithin Book, What You Need to Know, published , the best lecithin is pure lecithin granules which contain over 95 percent phosphatides and about 2 percent soybean oil.

Soy formula sets your baby up for thryoid issues, breast cancer and for boys a low sperm count. All the formulas which is given to newborns as well come with soy lecithin as an emulsifier. The two latest comments about soy lecithin are interesting but when mentioning sources of lecithin fail to mention sunflower lecithin: Lecithin has long been used as a health supplement. Here are some of the benefits: Actually, this article is a better source: I take soy lecithin daily.

From day one, I noticed improvement in my short term memory. I am worried a little about the estrogen effect but so far I have no problem. Hi just wanted to weigh in on soy. Being an RD I like to keep up to date with current research and recommendations. This is a great article that talks about soy and cancer risk, which many people are still very afraid of eating any soy, should alleviate some concerns.

Soyfoods and Cancer http: I had so much good cholesterol the doc told me to keep doing whatever the hell I was doing. I stopped taking it due to some research suggesting it would mishape blood cells, but im thinking low dose lecethin supplementation could be a good thing?

Wish I could find a diet like Nutrisystem that used whey-based products and not soy. I am an estrogen-positive breast cancer survivor and am quite overweight, and due to back issues cannot exercise. If anyone is aware of a meals-delivered diet company that has a good concentration of soy-free products, please let me know!

I am desperate to get this weight off because I know my chances for survival are much better if I do. You should take a look at Soylent contrary to the name it is not a Soy based food. It does contain a small amount of Soy Lecithin, but other than that it is primarily made up of Oats, Brown Rice, and Corn.

Where do you live? Google and see if there are any companies near you that make fresh paleo meals weekly — these will not have any soy in them. And please know that all calories are not created equal! Eat whole foods, cut out all the processed junk to include soda- diet and regular , and get rid of grains and that will help you get rid of the weight! Like a couple of other posts I am a breastfeeding mother who is having issues with recurrent blocked milk ducts.

Lecithin supplements are recommended to prevent clogged ducts but the advised dosage is mg daily. Would you be able to offer any advice? I tried skimming through all these comments, FIRST, to see if my question was addressed, but I did not see it — so please forgive me if it was discussed already.

What can you, Mr. Kresser tell me about this — and would you please respond to my e-mail? I am very allergic to soy, with a very specific reaction that differs from my other allergies. It has been difficult to find the soy in my diet recently.

After looking up one of the E ingredients E , I found that it is lecithin, and most likely soy. I am certain that this is the source of my recent problems. It angers me to see sources saying that soy lecithin and soy oil do not affect people with soy allergy. It is also frustrating that most milk products are having soy added to them canned milk and powdered milk. I drink fresh milk, but I like to use stronger milk as a sweetener. Even makeups are switching ingredients to soy.

I all of a sudden have a reaction, and find they have changed their formulae. I have contacted several companies, but unless other people do to, it feels hopeless that things will get safer.

Watch what you eat, most animals fed Soy lecithin, have it in their meat and eggs. I can only eat one egg a day, anymore and I get Soy lecithin sickness. Chris where are your federal based evidence data in this sory? And China bans direct consumption of GM soy. Although outside the scope of this article, which is health focused, I wanted mention that some people like me avoid soy for policial reasons.

There is over production of GMO soy in this country and it is ruining our biodiveristy and putting small farmers organic and non out of business. Kresser has written about before???? It is not an allergy. I was given two boxes of wonderful sounding tea for Christmas…but with soy lecithin…. Do I avoid them to be safe, or can I enjoy them guilt free?

Anyone with thyroid issues should avoid all soy products. You also say, that products have so little amount in them. Please clarify, Thank you. Forget about what the studies so far are telling us, but in terms of the actual compounds or processes themselves, most of them hold some sort of potential health risk. You say it yourself, soy lecithin appears in all kinds of foods, I know, because I am going out of my way to avoid it, a job which calls for huge determination!

I think it is important for spokespeople, representing medical science and industry, to keep in mind that not everyman thralls through the ingredient list to look and see if there are potentially contents that calls for further research before consumption.

After reading all the info I wonder if it is worth the risk since I also have high blood pressure. In fact my oncologist is not freaked out about soy at all really. She said in moderation is fine. Is soy lecithin dangerous for breast cancer survivors? I keep getting mixed information. My cousin was taking the lipsomal C which is made with non GMO soy lecithin. We talked My Sunflower Oil into making lecithin granules so we could make it at home, but even sunflowers have phytoestrogens.

Someone needs to find out the truth about this. No articles or studies out there agree on this issue. Just want to say that after having severe hives for suddenly for several years I have finally narrowed it down to happening when I eat foods that have soy lecithin.

Everything from cheese, chocolate, red vine candy to all kinds of frozen foods…. I generally avoid soy as much as possible except for the small amounts of raw fermented organic soy sauce and soy lecithin in some chocolates.

However, I do eat about tablespoons of whole flax seeds per day. I read somewhere that only ground flax seeds have estrogenic effect on the body and that whole flax seeds are ok to consume. And, what about chia seeds?

Do they contain phytoestrogens as well? I am a breastfeeding mama and recently had several clogged ducts. I was told to take a tablespoon of soy lecithin a day because it thins out the milk without lessening its quality so that its easier to loosen the plug. I took it because I was doing everything possible to avoid mastitis and having to take antibiotics. Not sure if it made a huge difference but I was able to unclog the ducts and not get an infection.

Any idea why it would thin breastmilk? Would you disagree with that? Soy issues are often allergies. It is great that you obviously have no allergies to soy. If you want more sweetness, add a couple of drops of stevia liquid. Easy to remove by pressing a sharp knife down the side. It usually pops up. Sometimes I need to run hot water on the inverted cup for a few seconds; then it pops out. The article is good but does not provide the meat that I was looking for.

If you decide to dig more into it, here are the comments. Soy lecithin, apart from additives, I think it can be a very good supplement for brain function, if and ONLY if, the phospholipids in the lecthin piece are untouched and not getting modified in some way in the chemical process. Then what amount of phytoestrogens do these lecithin blends contain. Is there any limit? Is there any source to find which supplement not additive contain what amount of phytoestrogens?

When the supplements mention, like phosphatidylcholine or Phosphatidylserine, is sourced from Soy lecithin, mg of lecithin contains mg of the above stuff, then what is rest mg?

Is there any way that you can find this information apart from the manufacturer. Supplement market is not regulated by the FDA but it should by some body , so they can make all wild claims that they like but they do not suffer from it. What is the difference between Soy lecithin and Sunflower lecithin, for example? I think, I will stop for time being. Like the way you write your articles though, with scientific proofs but just avoid Life Extension articles style, where they cherry pick their references.

Sorry Aysin but that article did not show why the Japanese live longer than anyone else…… they regularly consume soy…. I had never before heard of soy lecithin. I think the main point here is that the food industry uses too many chemicals and additives in general. We need to eat natural foods like we were meant to! For all of the people that love chocolate and worry about the ingredients, you should learn how to make your own. Thanks for this informative, balanced information! I really appreciate your level-headed approach to foods that others in the alternative health community might just blindly condemn.

However, I believe constant, irrational food paranoia is almost certainly a major stressor to the body. Hey Chris, just a quick note about gluten-free, cane sugar, and soy-free chocolates: I consume flaxseed for its phytoestrogens and avoid soy for its phytoestrogens, because they are different.

On the other hand soy phytoestrogens make an estrogenic effect in body. I felt like Chris was making a different point about it, maybe someone can explain what was implied more detailed. Please explain if what I do may be bad. I will also be cautious about gmo soy lecithin being used in anything I consider consuming though gmos in human food is forbidden in the country I live in, luckily I do not buy processed foods. While it is true that the amounts of soy lecithin may be small in chocolate, I think we need to apply more pressure to the food industry to eliminate soy additives from our food.

And it is more than just about personal health. We need to focus on the larger picture of what soy production is doing to the environment and to the health of those other than ourselves.

Their fair-trade organic line appears to have disappeared. I read recently that the greater portion of the soy in products here in the United States is grown and processed in China. There are no standards in China to regulate whether they use GMO seeds or the manner with which they process the soybeans.

How much of this is true? Okay for some but not for me. Someone looked at the ingredients and saw it has soy lecithan as an ingredient. Thank you for your balanced approach once again to diet and supplements with excellent scientific support. Although a direct link to heart attack has not been made, researchers recently showed that intake of phosphatidylcholine, a major component of lecithin, temporarily raises blood levels of the compound TMAO.

TMAO is produced from the choline in phosphatidylcholine by the actions of microbes in the gut and enzymes in the liver. TMAO appears to advance atherosclerosis hardening of the arteries by reducing the normal clearing of cholesterol.

Chris actually addressed that exact study in a previous article! The chocolate you recommend has a fair amount of sugar, as do most of the others recommended here. This site is a free online resource that strives to offer helpful content and comparison features to its visitors. To the extent that ratings appear on this site, such rating is determined by our subjective opinion and based on a methodology that aggregates our analysis of brand market share and reputation, each brand's conversion rates, compensation paid to us and general consumer interest.

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