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Lecithin

Lecithin is sold to lower cholesterol, but it doesn't. Lecithin is an emulsifier that is added to mayonnaise, chocolate and salad dressings to keep the oily layer from settling out from the watery one. When you shake a mixture of oil and water, the oily layer breaks down into countless little drops of oil dispersed in the water. Then, the oily droplets slowly come together until there is a solid layer of oil sitting on top of the water. Emulsifiers coat each oil droplet, giving it the same electrical charge, rather than different charges to cause fatty droplets to repel each other so they can't come together to form an oily layer.

Fat in your bloodstream is carried in a ball covered by a protein layer. Lecithin has no effect whatever on cholesterol because your blood is different from mayonnaise. When you eat lecithin, it does not even get into your bloodstream; like all other foods, it is broken down into its building blocks (glycerol, choline and fatty acids) in your intestines.


2/1/01

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