Is Soy Lecithin Paleo?


Soy lecithin is a byproduct of extracting soybean oil. It’s often used as an emulsifier in all sorts of processed foods, including our Paleo favorite, dark chocolate.

Paleo and Soy

Since it does come from soy, we can’t include soy lecithin on the Paleo menu. Soy is almost always GMO, and it’s one of the most pesticide-covered crops in the U.S. Soy lecithin has demonstrated estrogenic effects and it has also been shown to interfere with mitochondrial function, both of which are bad news.

Mark Sisson addressed the question of soy lecithin as part of a Paleo lifestyle in this post.