Having trouble deciding on which sunflower lecithin product of ours is best for you? Let’s take a look at two of our most popular items here at Lekithos, our sunflower lecithin granules and deoiled powder. In this post, we will go over the subtle differences and advantages of using either product. Sunflower lecithin falls into the grey area between personal and commercial use very often due to its capability to be used in a variety of different applications. In this article we will be examining characteristics for personal use.
When considering whether the granules or the deoiled powder is best for you to use, the application or use of the ingredient should be considered as sometimes using the “wrong” product may create a small hurdle for you when creating a product or food dish. The granules offer an easier clean up over the powder and provide more texture but can be troublesome to dissolve for culinary foams, drinks and smoothies. The de-oiled powder offers easier dispersion in liquids so if your goal was to add this product to a shake, smoothie, or to make liposomes, it may be the better product.
- Non-stick coating on pans for a quick and easy cleaning process after cooking.
- Topping for salads
- Ingredient in smoothies
- Ingredient in homemade cooking spices. Here’s a customer submitted recipe.
- As a nutritional supplement for phospholipids.
Another common use for these products is for the creation of liposomes, especially for use with vitamin C. When you combine something like ascorbic acid powder with a phospholipid, a molecule is created that is similar to our cells, making it easy for these molecules to be absorbed into a cell. One of our customers made an easy to follow tutorial to create liposomal vitamin c which can be found here.
- Particle Size:
Both of these products are derived from Non-GMO sunflower seeds and processed almost identically. The difference between the product arrives near the end of the manufacturing process in particle size. Instead of the product being ground to a fine powder, the lecithin granules are sifted to create a larger particle size.
- Phospholipid Content:
Our lecithin granules contain more phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylinositol per serving when compared to our lecithin powder but contain less phosphatidic acid. It’s something to consider when taking the product depending on what levels of phospholipids matter to you most.
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