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Modified Food Starch

Alternate Names

Modified Starch, Modified Corn Starch


Can describe any starch that has been changed through chemical, enzymatic, or physical means. This is to enhance a specific quality of the starch such as thickening, gelling, or stabilization. These modifications can also improve the digestibility of the starches so they can be added to baby food and infant formula. It is found in a huge variety of foods as bulk and filler.

Modified Food Starch - Quick Stats

Modified Starch, Modified Corn Starch

Allergy Information


Thickener, Gelling Agent, Emulsifier, Stabilizer

Additional Information

It is also used in paper and cardboard manufacturing as well as cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Found In

instant desserts, low-fat foods, creamy salad dressing, jellied candies, liquid cheese, gravy. Baby food, infant formula

Possible Health Effects

Depending on how the starch was modified, sensitive individuals may have a reaction to the chemicals present. Babies may have a particularly difficult time digesting modified starches.

Allergy Information

Corn, May be Genetically Engineered or Modified, Wheat (Gluten), May be Genetically Engineered or Modified

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