Sunflower lecithin

Sunflower lecithin is a mixture of naturally occurring phospholipids derived from sunflower oil. It is used commercially as a natural way to stabilize oil-in-water liquid mixtures. The primary phospholipids in sunflower lecithin are phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylinositol and phosphatidic acid 1. Sunflower lecithin can be used as an alternative for some of the more commonly used lecithins from soybean and canola oils.

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. Cabezas DM, Diehl BWK, Tomas MC. Sunflower lecithin: application of a fractionation process with absolute ethanol. Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society 2009;86:189-96.