Question from a Blog Reader:
Are soy lecithin granules just as bad as soy powder? I recently had a complete series of food allergy testing which discovered that I am mildly allergic to soy (nothing else). Just wondering if I should stop eating soy lecithin granules even though I never noticed any reaction after eating them?
Also, thanks for enlightening me on the soy issue in prisons. I never knew this problem existed.
from Dr. Kaayla Daniel, Ph.D. Nutritionist and Weston A. Price Foundation Board member
Most people who are allergic to soy do not react to soy lecithin, but highly allergic prone to severe reactions such as anaphylactic shock should avoid it. Lecithin should not contain soy protein, but minusucle amounts of soy protein might be present because of imperfect processing methods and inadequate quality controls during manufacture. To learn more about soy lecithin, which is a waste product of soy oil manufacture and was one of the first components of soy to be marketed into a “health food,” read Chapter 10 from my book The Whole Soy Story.: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food. It’s posted on westonaprice.org and so can be read for free. My opinion is there’s no good reason to take soy lecithin granule supplements. Egg yolks are an eggs-ellent source of lecithin. Be be an egghead.
Addressing these concerns is Kaayla Daniel, PhD, the lead author of a petition to the FDA which asks for the health claims to be removed from soy foods. She is a certified clinical nutritionist, Board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food. To learn more, visit her website WholeSoyStory.com.