Hydrogenated Lecithin

A version of plain lecithin that has been saturated with hydrogen atoms. This ingredient can be derived from plants, like soy or sunflower, from egg yolks, or made synthetically. Its major function is to emulsify water and oils.
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Hydrogenated Lecithin

Overview

Hydrogenated lecithin is a version of plain lecithin that has been saturated with hydrogen atoms. This ingredient can be derived from plants, like soy or sunflower, from egg yolks, or made synthetically.

One major function of hydrogenated lecithin is its ability to emulsify water and oils together. This is due to the ingredient’s molecular structure having both a water-loving portion and an oil-loving portion.

Another function of hydrogenated lecithin is as a dispersing agent. This functions similarly to the emulsifying actions, but the object being dispersed is normally a particle of some sort, such as a zinc oxide or titanium dioxide used in sunscreen products.