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Is Pregelatinized Starch Vegan?

Posted on December 28, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

By Jeanne Yacoubou, MS

Alternative names: pregelatinized modified starch; pregelatinized food starch; modified starch; instant starch; soluble starch; pregel/prejel starch

Commercial source: plant (corn, tapioca, potato, wheat)
Used in: dry mixes (soups, sauces, etc.), baby food/formula, fruit juice, baked goods, hot cereals, potato products, salad dressings, gravies, pharmaceuticals
Used for: thickening, stabilizing, retaining moisture (in foods); binding, filling or disintegratng (in tablets)

Definition: Prepared from starch or flour, pregelatinized starch easily dissolves in cold liquids eliminating a heating step in manufacturing and becoming viscous like gelatin. It is widely used in foods and pharmaceuticals and also in several other industries including mining/drilling, construction and textiles.

Major Manufacturers:

Tate & Lyle wrote in an email: “I can assure you that no gelatin is used in the production of our prejel starches…Our T&L products are vegan and vegetarian.”

Further information:

Classification: Vegan

Entry added: December 2017

For information on other ingredients, see

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