Soy lecithin is considered a supplement, it is important to know not only its benefits but also its side effects and whether or not it can be harmful to health. This way, you can take advantage of their strengths and prevent possible adverse effects.
Lecithin is an essential fat to cells, and can be obtained through the consumption of certain foods such as soy.
While it is an organic compound, today it is considered a dietary supplement that can help treat different conditions, such as losing weight through hepatic clearance.
While soy lecithin has different properties and benefits, its can also have side effects.
While soy lecithin considered potentially safe for most people, can cause certain side effects, the most common are:
- Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea.
- Sudden changes in weight.
- Loss of appetite.
- Skin allergies such as rashes.
- Nausea, dizziness and vomiting.
- Blood pressure reduction.
Many of these side effects can be caused by chemicals applied to the cultivation of soybeans.
In addition to these data, are known controversial scientific studies that have evaluated the toxicity of the organic compound. According to the researchers of these studies, soy lecithin at concentrations between 2 to 5% in pregnant rats diets, and diet of newborn rats, would provoke cognitive deficiencies.
This toxic effect is due to the excess of choline in the brain, but it is important to note that most people are deficient in choline, therefore the results of this study are controversial. Also, no negative interactions with other supplements and/or medications are known.
Given all this information, you may wonder if soy lecithin is harmful to health. Well, in principle it is important to consult your doctor especially if you’re allergic. Nevertheless, the FAO/WHO considers soy lecithin as a safe natural supplement consumed in adequate doses (doses depend on age and certain health conditions).