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Feb 11

Is soy lecithin low FODMAP?

I am not aware of any FODMAP-specific study about the consumption of soy lecithin, but because it is a fatty substance, it should be OK.  Soy lecithin is extracted from soybean oil. It is used as a food and drug additive (often as an emulsifier)

In 1981, the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society published a study of the “Composition of Soybean Lecithin”.  The primary finding was, “Commercial soybean lecithin is a complex mixture containing approximately 65-75% phospholipids together with triglycerides and smaller amounts of other substances. The major phospholipids include phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylethanolamine and inositol-containing phosphatides. Other substances reported include carbohydrates, pigments, sterols and sterol glycosides.”

The carbohydrates they found did not include any of the FODMAP chain —  “Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols”.   They found:  phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylethanolamine,  inositol phosphatides, other phosphatides, soybean oil, sterols and free carbohydrates.  The full article can be accessed here.



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