DuPont Nutrition&Health offers a wide range of lecithins that deliver the functionality our customers need.  Although the word lecithin is derived from the Greek "lekithos," which means "yolk of an egg," the primary sources of our lecithins are the soybean, sunflower or rapeseed, and they set the standard for quality and reliability.

A Multi-Purpose Ingredient with Health Benefits

Lecithin consists of a naturally occurring mixture of phospholipids, glycolipids, neutral lipids and sugars, which allows it  to interact well with other ingredients in food,  Lecithin serves as a multi-purpose functional ingredient or a processing aid and also provides consumers with recommended nutrients. Lecithin has long been used in the food industry to serve many different functions, in industries from bakery to confectionery to culinary and more.

Using specialty processes, we have extended lecithin's functionality and physical characteristics to create a wide variety of products.

Here are some of the benefits our lecithins can bring to your products:

  • Emulsifying
    Helps maintain the stability of foods such as ready-to-serve infant formulas, low-fat salad dressings, margarine and chocolate
  • Releasing
    Helps food release from production equipment and contact surfaces, enabling production of meat products, breads, sliced processed cheese, pasta and cookies
  • Wetting & Instantizing
    Helps instant powders mix more quickly and effectively, making powdered milk, protein shakes and instant puddings easy-to-enjoy foods
  • Nutrient for health and development
    Soy lecithin is a source of the essential nutrient, choline, which is available in some foods and as a supplement in granule form. There is some evidence that the essential nutrients found in lecithin and choline (phosphatidylcholine) may play a role in memory and cognitive function, as well as liver function. Emerging evidence also indicates that choline may play a role in physical performance.

Application areas

Our SOLEC® range can serve a variety of applications such as baked goods, snacks, margarines and spreads, chocolate, instant products, beverages and dietary supplements. We also offer lecithins especially developed for pet food, which are sold under the ENHANCE® brand.

Our Team

Our lecithin team is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and the expertise necessary to analyze products and data, develop prototypes and make appropriate recommendations. Our dedicated sales team and responsive customer service support ensure quality lecithin is readily available globally to support your business.