Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I am using my blog to track my 100 day challenge results for my spark team "The Power of P!nk!"
Each Day Award Yourself With The Appropriate Emoticons for completing the task!
1. Stay within your calorie/ nutritional targets daily
2. Exercise for at least 20 minutes daily
3. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily
4. Learn 1 new thing about nutrition/exercise and share it.
5. Listen to a P!NK song and/or write in your 100 day journey
If you read nutrition labels and ingredient lists, you’ve probably come across “soy lecithin” more than a few times. It’s actually a very popular ingredient – one of the top 10 most used ingredients in processed foods. But what exactly is it? What does it do? Soy lecithin (E322) is extracted from soybeans either mechanically or chemically. It’s actually a byproduct of the soybean oil production. So what is the reason soy lecithin is used as an additive in foods? It possesses emulsification properties. This means it can keep a candy bar “together” by making sure that the cocoa and the cocoa butter don’t separate. It is also used in bakery items to keep the dough from sticking and to improve its ability to rise.Since soybeans are one of the cheapest crops in the US (thanks in part to federal subsidies to growers), it makes sense to use a cheap, natural soy derived emulsifier in food processing.