E322 - Lécithines

Fonctions : Antioxydant, Émulsifiant

Lecithin -UK: , US: , from the Greek lekithos, "egg yolk"- is a generic term to designate any group of yellow-brownish fatty substances occurring in animal and plant tissues, which are amphiphilic – they attract both water and fatty substances -and so are both hydrophilic and lipophilic-, and are used for smoothing food textures, dissolving powders -emulsifying-, homogenizing liquid mixtures, and repelling sticking materials.Lecithins are mixtures of glycerophospholipids including phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylinositol, phosphatidylserine, and phosphatidic acid.Lecithin was first isolated in 1845 by the French chemist and pharmacist Theodore Gobley. In 1850, he named the phosphatidylcholine lécithine. Gobley originally isolated lecithin from egg yolk—λέκιθος lekithos is "egg yolk" in Ancient Greek—and established the complete chemical formula of phosphatidylcholine in 1874; in between, he had demonstrated the presence of lecithin in a variety of biological matters, including venous blood, in human lungs, bile, human brain tissue, fish eggs, fish roe, and chicken and sheep brain. Lecithin can easily be extracted chemically using solvents such as hexane, ethanol, acetone, petroleum ether, benzene, etc., or extraction can be done mechanically. It is usually available from sources such as soybeans, eggs, milk, marine sources, rapeseed, cottonseed, and sunflower. It has low solubility in water, but is an excellent emulsifier. In aqueous solution, its phospholipids can form either liposomes, bilayer sheets, micelles, or lamellar structures, depending on hydration and temperature. This results in a type of surfactant that usually is classified as amphipathic. Lecithin is sold as a food additive and dietary supplement. In cooking, it is sometimes used as an emulsifier and to prevent sticking, for example in nonstick cooking spray. - Wikipédia

Noms : Lécithines, Lécithine, Lécithine partiellement hydrolysée, Phosphatidylcholine, Phosphatides, Phospholipides, Phospho lutéines, CAS 8002-43-5, Lecithin

Familles : antioxydant, émulsifiant

Les lécithines sont des substances huileuses utilisées en particulier comme émulsifiant (on retrouve la lécithine de soja dans beaucoup de chocolats), et aussi comme antioxydant et agent de traitement de la farine dans certains produits de pâtisserie ou de boulangerie.

Le nom scientifique de la lécithine est phosphatidylcholine.


La lécithine est obtenue de source végétale (principalement soja, arachide, maïs) ou animales (jaune d'oeuf). La source est souvent précisée dans la liste des ingrédients : "lécithine de soja" pour 2 tiers des produits contenant des lécithines référencés sur Open Food Facts.

  • Végétarien ou Non-Végétarien - La lécithine peut être extraite à partir des oeufs.
  • Peut contenir des OGM - La lécithine de soja peut contenir du soja transgénique.


Les lécithines sont considérées comme peu ou pas dangereuses.


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Pays : Madagascar - Voir les produits correspondants du monde entier