Lecithin is a fat that can be found in many foods like soybeans and egg yolks. Lecithin is a generic term to designate a variety of naturally occurring fatty compounds found in animal and plant tissues. It is a byproduct from soy and composed of choline, fatty acids, glycerol, glycolipids, phospholipids, phosphoric acid and triglycerides lecithin.
It is also known as Egg Lecithin, Lecitina, Ovolecithin, Soy Lecithin, Soy Phospholipid, Soybean Lecithin, Vegilecithin, Vitellin, Vitelline, and other names. Lecithin has been used in alternative medicine as a possibly effective aid in treating liver disease.