Is lecithin the harmful ingredient in candies ?

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Most of the brands sell candies laced with lecithin granules that are deemed potentially harmful. It is used as an emulsifier and stabilizing agent. The fact that it is a soy protein by-product can be threatening for certain individuals. To add, it is synthesized from a chemical compound called hexane that can prove disastrous for your digestive system. Let us inform ourselves about some other harmful effects of this common candy ingredient:-

1) Allergic Reactions:- Soy protein and products made out of it are allergic in nature leading to a series of skin and immune reactions in certain individuals.

2) Suppressed Immune Functions:- Too much consumption of lecithin ingrained candies and bakery products leads to suppressed immunity due to loss of immunoglobulins ( molecules responsible for evading bacteria and viruses).

3) Rhinitis:- This is an acute runny nose condition seen in kids. It is a kind of allergy caused by egg and soy products. Lecithin is obtained from both of these protein foods and thus can be overwhelming for allergy prone kids.

Learn more on lecithin here.