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If ever as you read the ingredients of a product, you wondered what it is and how harmful to your health is the cornstarch, you can lower our guard: it is not about anything other than corn starch (or cornstarch) thereof, which is also known as starch or corn starch and has been used since the 19th century in our homes and in the industry for food preparation and countless other applications. Cornstarch is a fine white powder that is obtained, as its name suggests, from corn. In the kitchen, it is mainly used as a thickening agent in sauces and other dishes, and is the essential element of custard and other desserts such as Catalan cream.
As a nutrient
Although its moderate presence in the diet should not be cause for alarm, this derivative of corn is not precisely characterized by its nutritional value: it is a source of carbohydrates, almost completely lacking in protein and dietary fiber, and with a rather poor content of vitamins and minerals. In essence, a cup (128 g) of cornstarch provides no less than 488 calories … rather empty. Cornstarch can be harmful if consumed in large quantities, but it is harmless in most forms and the proportion in which it is found in food. Of course, you should bear in mind that it has marked astringent properties and therefore people who tend to suffer from constipation should be careful with their ingestion.
Modified cornstarch: flour from another matter?
Modified cornstarch or modified cornstarch is used as an additive in many processed foods, which we even find in many yogurts that are advertised as healthy. To obtain it, cornstarch undergoes chemical or physical processes that alter its characteristics. It ensures that, although it is not nutritious, it is not harmful either. But if you prefer to maintain a natural diet, it is preferable that you avoid products with modified cornstarch … at least while the experts finish their studies and agree.