Modified starch, also called starch derivatives, are prepared by physically, enzymatically, or chemically treating native starch to change its properties. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.
What Is Modified Starch?
Modified Starch is a genetically modified variant of common cornstarch. Modified Starch appears as a white fine powder with a natural odor and taste. Modified Starch is widely used in liquid-based products such as sauces or soups, often as a thickening agent. Typical applications of this product include butter, cheese, salad oil, pudding, and grilled goods.
Possible Side Effects of Modified Starch
Modified starch is generally considered a safe ingredient. The long-term health effects of Modified starch are completely unknown. Modified starche is difficult for a body to digest, and there have been no publicly-released studies about the long-term effects of eating these mystery substances. Modified corn starch often contains about 10% maltodextrin, which is a common term used by industry to hide the presence of monosodium glutamate.
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. Modified Starch is considered safe by FDA.
Special Populations Precaution
There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to Modified Starch populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Modified Starch.
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