Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What does Lekithos mean?
The story of lecithin began in 1845 with a discovery by the French chemist Theodore Gobley. He isolated an orange-colored substance from egg yolk, which had unique emulsifying properties. He called this lecithin, after the Greek name for egg yolk: lekithos.
Q. What determines the cost of shipping?
The cost of shipping is based upon the weight and/or dimensions of your order, as well as the distance from our point of shipment (Florida) to your location. Rates are calculated automatically by the United States Postal Service (USPS) authorized software embedded into our online order form. We have no influence on the rate calculated.
Please keep in mind that our liquid lecithin comes in glass jars, which does add to the overall weight of the package!
Note: This information only applies to orders within the USA and to Canada. International shipping quotes are customized and inclusive of handling charges.
Q. Do you offer wholesale pricing?
Yes, we offer wholesale pricing to qualified retailers and health care providers.
Please email your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Minimum order is one whole case (12 units) per product. No split cases. Shipping charges apply.
Q. Are your products Non-GMO?
All LEKITHOS products are Non-GMO, and most are even Non-GMO Project Verified. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. Products enrolled with The Non-GMO Project feature the “butterfly” seal as displayed on our website. For more information visit www.nongmoproject.org.
Q. Where can I find supplement facts such as nutritional information or serving sizes?
By clicking on the product(s) image of interest a new site with a larger image and three tabs will open: Description / Additional Information / Nutritional. If you still cannot find what you are looking for, email us at email@example.com.
Q. Is your lecithin "solvent free"?
Lecithin is made via solvent extraction using either acetone, ethanol, hexane or a combination thereof, unless it is certified organic or clearly labeled as not having undergone treatment using such processing aids. If a retailer, or online vendor, does not clearly label or describe the manufacturing process, it is safe to assume the product has undergone solvent extraction.
At LEKITHOS, all products titled “100% Natural” are made without chemical solvents such as ethanol, hexane and/or acetone. These are:
100% Natural Liquid Sunflower Lecithin – 16, 32 and 128 fl oz
100% Natural Sunflower Lecithin Capsules – 120 ct
Q. Are your products considered “raw”?
This depends on the definition of “raw”. The raw food community does not consider foods heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit as “raw”. According to this standard, no lecithin is “raw”, since temperatures during the production of lecithin reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit, or more. Besides heat, another important aspect in determining the “raw food” status of lecithin is the actual production process, or processing method. Conventional lecithin, regardless of raw material, is made via solvent extraction using processing aids such as hexane and/or acetone. We do not consider such products “raw”, however other suppliers do, and even market their products as such!
At LEKITHOS we prefer the term “100% natural” for lecithin that is not certified organic, yet processed mechanically, without the use of chemical solvents.
“Natural” is currently defined in 7 CFR 205.2 as a substance that is derived from mineral, plant or animal matter and does not undergo a synthetic process.
Q. What is the difference between your deoiled sunflower lecithin powder and (soy) lecithin granules?
The major difference is particle size: fine powder vs. granules. Functionality and properties are identical. The granules do have a slightly higher phospholipid content.
LEKITHOS deoiled sunflower lecithin powder and granules are pure lecithin, without the use of maltodextrin and (synthetic) desiccants, additives or preservatives.
Q: Why do you not offer certified Organic Lecithin anymore?
Our manufacturing partner in Europe went out of business in 2014.
At present, the only known source for organic lecithin is a Chinese manufacturer.
As an alternative we offer “100% Natural” Sunflower Lecithin, which is solvent-free and made exactly like organic lecithin (via mechanical extraction), except we are using Non-GMO sunflower seeds and not organic ones.