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Posted by: Spring, Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 3:45pm
Here is the letter I got back from Nutrition Express:

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry.
  
The soy listed on the labels of some of our products is only from a very small amount of soy lecithin, which is the instantizer. It is not non-GMO. We only use the fat portion of the lecithin, whereas the protein portion is where the GMO aspect comes into play.  

If you would like more information on a specific product, please let us know which one you are interested in and we will do our best to assist you.

We hope this helps. Let us know if you have any further questions.

Wishing you the best of health!

Steven Harris
Customer Care Representative

Well, I was asking about the plain old lecithin, but this is what I got. So what are we to make of the fat/protein deal? Do ya think we can trust them about this?
Posted by: Spring, Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 3:48pm; Reply: 1
Could it be that it really doesn't matter since the lecithin we use has no protein? Maybe that is why so many of these companies are not bothering about getting pure lecithin from non-GMO soy. I am all ears!
Posted by: C_Sharp, Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 3:58pm; Reply: 2
Quoted from Spring
We only use the fat portion of the lecithin, whereas the protein portion is where the GMO aspect comes into play.  


Lecithin is a phospholipid. It does not have a protein portion. Any protein in Lecithin would be a contaminant regardless of brand.




The fact that we have separated the soy to only the phospholipid portion is one of the reasons type O and others that need to avoid most soy products can consume lecithin.
Posted by: C_Sharp, Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 4:04pm; Reply: 3
Quoted from Spring
Could it be that it really doesn't matter since the lecithin we use has no protein? Maybe that is why so many of these companies are not bothering about getting pure lecithin from non-GMO soy. I am all ears!


Following the logic above one would essentially not need to worry about any fat product being GMO or non GMO.

But those people that are concerned with GMOs do not feel that they can ignore GMO issues just because the food has been processed to separate the fat from the protein.

http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/database/ingredients/167.plant_fat.html
Posted by: C_Sharp, Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 4:07pm; Reply: 4
Quoted from C_Sharp


Following the logic above one would essentially not need to worry about any fat product being GMO or non GMO.

But those people that are concerned with GMOs do not feel that they can ignore GMO issues just because the food has been processed to separate the fat from the protein.

http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/database/ingredients/167.plant_fat.html



There seems to be a number of companies offering non-GMO lecithin.   Some companies offer both GMO and non-GMO and the consumer chooses do they want to pay extra for the non-gmo variety.
Posted by: Spring, Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 4:31pm; Reply: 5
Thanks, C_Sharp, for your thoughts on this!

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Lecithin is a phospholipid. It does not have a protein portion. Any protein in Lecithin would be a contaminant regardless of brand.


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We only use the fat portion of the lecithin, whereas the protein portion is where the GMO aspect comes into play.  

I wonder if he didn't mean soy here instead of lecithin. Or "we only use the fat portion FOR the lecithin."

I don't like the practice of using GMO products, but if there is no big deal about the fat, I don't think I am going to sweat this one. Some people who are really compliant don't worry about eating non-organic bananas. But I love organic bananas, and that is what I buy! One of us will probably live about as long as the other, barring other problems and situations. :D
Posted by: Karma, Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 7:16pm; Reply: 6
C sharp is so helpful!
Posted by: Spring, Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 9:43pm; Reply: 7
Quoted from Karma
C sharp is so helpful!


I don't know what we would do without several of these people who hang in there for us day in and day out! We really would be in a stew with most of our questions!!  :-/ :o ::) :P  ??)   But instead we are:   8) ;D :D (dance)(clap)(sunny)
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