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Posted on February 25, 2015 by The VRG Blog Editor

By Jeanne Yacoubou, MS

Commercial source: corn starch
Used in: powdered mixes, soups, canned fruits, beverages, cereal, confections, baked goods, snacks, prepared foods, infant formula, ice cream, frozen desserts, canned fruit, jams and jellies
Used as: powder carrier, texturizer, bulking agent, crystallization
inhibitor, sweetener, fermentation substrate

Definition: Maltodextrins consist of variably long linkages of glucose
molecules and are less than 20% as sweet as sucrose (table sugar).


ADM reported that their maltodextrins are not made with animal ingredients or processing aids.

Tate and Lyle stated that they use no animal ingredients or processing
aids in maltodextrin manufacture.

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 their maltodextrins.

Classification: Vegan

Entry added: February 2015

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