A frequently asked question of ours is to elaborate on the difference between our all-natural and our certified organic sunflower lecithin products. In this article, we will compare and contrast their various characteristics. If you would like to learn more about sunflower lecithin, you can do so here.
What Is Sunflower Lecithin?
Lecithin is a phospholipid-rich substance extracted from eggs, soybeans, sunflower seeds and rapeseeds. Lecithin is commonly used as an emulsifier in food applications and has its own unique properties as a nutritional supplement. Originally, lecithin came from egg yolk. Maurice Gobley, a science from France discovered lecithin in egg yolk and crowned it with the name “Lekithos” in 1805. For years, this was the source of lecithin in the commercial food industry until the early 1900’s where soybeans became more abundantly available. In the past few years, a growing number of health conscious consumers were looking for an allergen-free alternative to soy lecithin. Today, that alternative is available in various forms of sunflower lecithin from Lekithos in powdered, liquidized, granulated, and encapsulated forms.
The main difference between these two sunflower lecithin products is the raw material used to create each product. The certified organic sunflower lecithin utilizes organic sunflower seeds, while our 100% all natural sunflower lecithin is sourced from non-GMO sunflower seeds. Both of these sunflower lecithin products are naturally gluten, soy and dairy free.
The importance of third party verification has shown itself to be more valuable than expected. Today’s consumer has faith in the value and reputation these logos provide to a product and have become a household requirement for some families. Each certification from these third parties serves a different purpose.
Non-GMO Project Verified by the Non-GMO Project
Certified USDA Organic
Ensures all products that bear the Certified USDA Organic Seal are free from chemical fertilizers, synthetic substances, irradiation, sewage sludge, and GMOs. This is verified through annual site inspections and organic system plan reviews.
A kosher certification is the seal of approval that a product was prepared following a strict set of religious dietary laws. Our products are certified by the Kosher division of London Beth Din. This is verified through on-site inspections and annual audits.
Certified Vegan by Vegan Action
The Certified Vegan logo ensures that any product that bears it is free from animal derived products. It also ensures the product that bears the logo has not been tested on any animals. As a company, we offer over 12 products that are certified vegan
Both the certified organic and 100% all-natural sunflower lecithins utilize a cold pressed, mechanical manufacturing process. The results are a 100% pure product which is free from chemical solvents like hexane or acetone which are commonly used in conventional lecithin processing. Each lot of product is tested and verified by a third party after the manufacturing process for these substances to be sure you get the same quality product you have grown (or will grow) to enjoy.
The common use of Sunflower Lecithin as a supplement is for the added intake of phospholipids like phosphatydlcholine, phosphatydlserine, phosphatydlethanolamine, and Phosphatidic Acid. To learn more about these phospholipids, please refer to this article.
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