Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society

, Volume 58, Issue 10, pp 889–892

Composition of soybean lecithin

  • C. R. Scholfield

DOI: 10.1007/BF02659652

Cite this article as:
Scholfield, C.R. J Am Oil Chem Soc (1981) 58: 889. doi:10.1007/BF02659652


Commercial soybean lecithin is a complex mixture containing ca. 65–75% phospholipids together with triglycerides and smaller amounts of other substances. The major phospholipids include phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylethanolamine and inositol-containing phosphatides. Other substances reported include carbohydrates, pigments, sterols and sterol glycosides. This paper reviews the nature of the compounds found in soybean lecithin and our present knowledge of its composition.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. R. Scholfield
    • 1
  1. 1.Science and Education Administration, Agricultural Research, U.S. Department of AgricultureNorthern Regional Research CenterPeoria