Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday & We're In The Kitchen Again!

Hey everyone! I finally got to a few of my specialty stores and put some good food back in the cupboards and fridge. So thought this a good opportunity to stop making promises and not keeping them! Here's a trip thru my well-stocked (at least for me) kitchen!

Oh, and for the record, I did NOT do the stairwells after all. By the time I got home it had gotten nice out, so I went for a ride on my legs, a lovely endurance run, instead. And, yes I was well-behaved at lunch. Had a salad w/grilled chicken & a club soda and also a coffee with some skim milk. And am very proud of self for not causing any guilt as a result of this day! :-)


Kelly Olexa said...

MMM I forgot about plums. Need to get some. I am loving these apples too.

Evelyne said...

That was SO exciting to me! I know, call me weird! Thank you for the tour, I really appreciated it!

I'm finding it totally shocking as to what soy is in. I had no idea it was in my vitamins, my butter buds, and other things that just totally shocked me. Terrible.

I have a couple of questions for you though.
Does soy go under any other name? I've seen it as soy lecithin and just soy, but if it just lists lecithin, is that soy also?
Also, I have a protein powder that says it has NON GMO lecithin in it. Have any idea what that is and is it still soy?

I SO appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions.

Hope you enjoyed the rest of the afternoon/evening!

GirlwithNoname said...

mm... yah, its a great season for apples this year. My faves are still out there, thought they'd be gone by now! mm mm!

as for Soy Lecithin, or any questions you may have on your journey, always remember that Google is your friend!! Here's what I found by Googling, this from Wikipedia:

Lecithin is any of a group of yellow-brownish fatty substances occurring in animal and plant tissues, and in egg yolk, composed of phosphoric acid, choline, fatty acids, glycerol, glycolipids, triglycerides, and phospholipids (e.g., phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylethanolamine, and phosphatidylinositol). However, lecithin is sometimes used as a synonym for pure phosphatidylcholine, a phospholipid that is the major component of its phosphatide fraction. It may be isolated either from egg yolk (in Greek lekithos—λέκιθος) or from soy beans, from which it is extracted chemically (using hexane) or mechanically.

It has low solubility in water. 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 is usually classified as amphoteric.

Lecithin is sold as a food supplement and for medical uses. In cooking, it is sometimes used as an emulsifier.

short answer from me: I don't know what your Lecithin is made from, but it still sounds gross to me. Its likely Soy, and either way, its in there as an emulsifier.

and here's what Google told me an emulsifier is:

An emulsifier is a type of surfactant typically used to keep emulsion (mixtures of immiscible fluids) well dispersed. Emulsifiers typically have a hydrophobic (water-hating) and a hydrophilic (water-liking) end. The emulsifiers will surround an oil (or other immiscible molecule) and form a protective layer so that the oil molecules cannot "clump" together. This action helps keeps the dispersed phase in small droplets and preserves the emulsion.

so, yuk. Doesn't sound natural to me and I personally would avoid anything with either of those words in the ingredients list! But that's just me!