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Is "NON-GMO Soy lecithin" okay?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created February 28, 2012 at 3:16 PM

I'm starting a new thread on Bluebonnet Whey Protein Isolate because the other one seems to be unused. There was a discussion going on about whether this product had soy or not because the website for the company said it did but the container it comes in say "no soy." So, I sent an email to the company and asked about the discrepancy on the label v. the website regarding soy and got this response:

"The raw material supplier recently made a change in the product and the new labels read 'contains Soybeans.' NON-GMO Soy lecithin is used in the agglomeration process to help instantize the whey powder to stir into beverages."

Can someone tell me if this type of soy is okay for us Paleo folks? Thanks!

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on June 10, 2012
at 06:37 AM

definitely interested in the mt. capra caprotein. it looks like a great alternative to bovine milk because goat casein is supposedly more digestable. see http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=38646. the natural occurring probiotics look like a great idea to aid digestion as well.

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on June 10, 2012
at 05:26 AM

you mean "soy lecithin" on the packaging, rather than "soy"

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on February 29, 2012
at 04:48 PM

I do better with more protein and less fat and I thought this was a good way to fill that need.

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on February 28, 2012
at 07:51 PM

Great idea, Firestorm. I'm going to respond to the email!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 28, 2012
at 07:15 PM

+1 for voting with your wallet and for letting them know

F44b15b2fd1ad134200793d6b474fc4c

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on February 28, 2012
at 03:30 PM

Thanks so much, ov227.

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on February 28, 2012
at 03:27 PM

Assuming you don't eat the product excessively I doubt it has any affect. Ideally you'd consume zero soy but if you're already stepping into dairy with the 'whey' then my guess is you aren't trying to be 100% paleo.

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on February 28, 2012
at 06:37 PM

I recently switched over to Mt. Capra "Caprotein". I'll still use the Bluebonnet, but most of my use of whey powder is switching to the goat-based options, as I try to switch all of my dairy to goat this year.

The Mt. Capra product is goat milk protein, fermented goat milk protein, vanilla, and probiotics... a good choice if you want to make sure that your whey product supports healthy biological diversity in your insides.

If you're worried, Bluebonnet is still probably one of the best bets for whey -- one of the few widely-available grass-fed whey products, which trumps the small amount of lecithin in my book.

My understanding is that they added the lecithin under customer pressure to make their whey "more mixable" without a blender -- I've also sent them my own comments--basically, that I'm more interested in buying as pure a product as possible, rather than one that is "more convenient" or "cheaper" -- and that their decision to add soy lecithin rather than, say, egg lecithin (more expensive) will definitely mean that I won't be making a point to purchase their product in the future. I think it's important to let companies know when they've done something that we like--and when they've done something we don't. Otherwise, how would they know?

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on February 28, 2012
at 07:51 PM

Great idea, Firestorm. I'm going to respond to the email!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 28, 2012
at 07:15 PM

+1 for voting with your wallet and for letting them know

4cbc4488855b0421943b57de0a9018c2

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on June 10, 2012
at 06:37 AM

definitely interested in the mt. capra caprotein. it looks like a great alternative to bovine milk because goat casein is supposedly more digestable. see http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=38646. the natural occurring probiotics look like a great idea to aid digestion as well.

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on February 28, 2012
at 03:21 PM

I'd say it is one of those things you shouldn't obsess over. If you are experiencing symptoms try dropping that product for awhile to see if it changes anything.

From a post from my favorite primal guy mark: "Soy lecithin is simply the byproduct of soy oil extraction. It???s not hydrogenated soybean oil, folks allergic to soy can eat it without ill effect, and lecithin actually contains choline and phospholipids that can be quite beneficial. Don???t go out of your way to eat soy lecithin for any health benefits (egg yolks and liver are far better sources of choline), but don???t pass on some excellent dark chocolate simply because ???soy??? appears on the package."

Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/grapefruit-fasting/#ixzz1ngrQ4GYj

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on February 28, 2012
at 03:30 PM

Thanks so much, ov227.

4cbc4488855b0421943b57de0a9018c2

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on June 10, 2012
at 05:26 AM

you mean "soy lecithin" on the packaging, rather than "soy"

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on February 29, 2012
at 02:30 AM

Why, may I ask, are you eating ANY BRAND of "whey protein isolate" rather than a whole, unprocessed, delicious, truly paleo, protein source such as the meat, organs, marrow, or skin of any animal?

F44b15b2fd1ad134200793d6b474fc4c

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on February 29, 2012
at 04:48 PM

I do better with more protein and less fat and I thought this was a good way to fill that need.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 28, 2012
at 06:22 PM

I generally agree with @ov227's answer in general, but for me it overlooks one important point.

Eating "ancestral" strains of wheat, an ear of corn, or some edamame is, in my humble opinion, much less bad for people to have on occasion than repeated micro-dosing of various, chemically-isolated components of these plants. (FWIW, I can't eat any wheat.)

So, should you buy the chocolate at the store that contains soy lecithin? No -- get the good stuff that doesn't have it. However, if you are out to eat and there's a flourless chocolate cake that caught your eye, I wouldn't care at all if it had soy lecithin (although it might have other things I need to avoid).

I'm not saying soy lecithin is as horrible as other chemically isolated food by-products, like HFCS or something, but it is best to be avoided. It's just not food.

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on February 29, 2012
at 02:21 AM

If you aren't worried about a protein shake, I wouldn't worry about soy lethican.

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