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Posted on February 18, 2015 by The VRG Blog Editor

By Jeanne Yacoubou, MS

Alternate names: glucose, D-glucose, corn sugar, grape sugar, rice sugar

Commercial source: corn starch

Used in: baked goods, powdered mixes, soups, snack foods, cereal, confections, condiments, beverages, ice cream, frozen desserts, infant formula, canned fruit, caramel color, pan coatings, jams and jellies
Used as: sweetener, texturizer, bulking agent, moisture conditioner, stabilizing agent, crystallization inhibitor, fermentation substrate

Definition: A simple sugar, dextrose is approximately 70-80% as sweet as sucrose (table sugar).


ADM told us that they use no animal ingredients or processing aids in dextrose manufacture.

Tate and Lyle reported that their dextrose is not made with animal ingredients or processing aids.

Cargill: Despite many attempts by email and phone to several people, Cargill told The VRG that they only respond to customer questions.

Roquette did not return our calls or emails for more information on dextrose.

Classification: Vegan

Entry added: February 2015

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