Uses: Hydroxypropyl Starch is used as a thickener, vegetable gum which may be bleached with propylene oxide(one of a choice), which is dangerous to asthmatics. Used in baby food, jelly type sweets, wine gums, iced lollies, confectionary, yogurts, egg white mix, fruit flavoured fillings, batter mixes -
Although they have no major known adverse effects, but because some starches, ie corn can be genetically modified, this raises some cause for concern.
Contact with the manufacturer of the product should be used to ascertain it’s origins.
Is an irritant and can have low level toxicity as well as a probable carcinogen. Use with caution. May cause diarrhoea. Babies should not be given soy products. See 1400.
Description: Hydroxypropyl Starch is prepared by treating starch with propylene oxide. The resulting starch is more stable against acid, alkaline and starch degrading enzymes. It also provides better colour and shine to products.
They are prepared by physically, enzymatically, or chemically treating native starch, thereby changing the properties of the starch.
Modified starches are used in practically all starch applications, such as in food products as a thickening agent, stabilizer or emulsifier; in pharmaceuticals as a disintegrant; as binder in coated paper.
They are also used in many other applications. (Wiki)
E1440 Hydroxypropyl Starch
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