Liquid Glucose is often used in hard candies, jam, jelly, caramel, toffee, meat products, etc. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.
What Is Liquid Glucose?
Liquid Glucose is made from refined starch by acid hydrolysis or enzyme treatment following the process of refining and concentration. The main ingredients in this product are glucose, maltose, maltotriose and over maltotetrose. Liquid Glucose appears colorless or yellowish and has a low, sweet taste. This product is used for improving the flavor, and extending the shelf life in soft candy, bread, cake etc. Liquid Glucose is also used to maintain the flavor and extend the shelf life in preserved fruits, glazed fruits, jams etc.
Possible Side Effects of Liquid Glucose
Although Liquid Glucose generally regarded as a very safe and effective supplement, there can be some minor side effects. The side effects may:
- may result in the swelling of the oral cavity, tightness in the chest and severe allergic reactions such as rashes, itching and hives.
GRAS Affirmation: Yes
Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) is an American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. Liquid Glucose is considered safe.
Special Populations Precaution
There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to Liquid Glucose populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Liquid Glucose.
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