Lecithin is a group of fatty substances found in animal and plant tissue.
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Lecithin is a group of fatty substances found in animal and plant tissue; as a food additive, it comes from several sources, including soy. When added to food, soy lecithin is used for its emulsification properties, meaning it keeps ingredients "together" like the cocoa and butter in a candy bar.
To make soy lecithin soybean oil is extracted from raw soybeans either mechanically or chemically using hexane (a chemical solvent). Soy Lecithin is derived from soybean oil. Those with soy allergies may not need to worry since soy allergies come from soy protein. But for those with severe allergies who would like to play it safe, you may want to avoid the additive altogether.