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Has anyone done research on the new modified starches. Modified Tapioca is the first I noticed. Udi's pizza crust has really gotten delicious but I couldn't stop eating it. Then I contacted then and they said they were using a product that was modified tapioca. I forgot name of product but I am concerned that they are modifiying our starches like the wheat was modified.

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Has anyone done research on the new modified starches. Modified Tapioca is the first I noticed. Udi's pizza crust has really gotten delicious but I couldn't stop eating it. Then I contacted then and they said they were using a product that was modified tapioca. I forgot name of product but I am concerned that they are modifiying our starches like the wheat was modified.

http://glutenfreecooking.about.com/od/glutenfreeingredien2/p/expandex.htm

What is Modified Starch?:

A modified starch is a naturally occurring starch that is processed to change the molecule structure and characteristics of the original starch. Modified starches are used as thickeners, stabilizers and can improve the shelf-life, appearance, texture and taste of foods.

I would not be concerned. :) Genetically modified wheat is quite different than modified starch, if that was your question.

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Companies are moving away from the vague ingredient, "modified food starch," to being specific. There is nothing new about the actual ingredient, just that the label now explicitly declares the source.

Effective August 4, 2012, it will not be allowed in Canada to use the term "modified food starch" unless the source is disclosed in parentheses immediately following the term. It is easier, and clearer, to say "modified tapioca starch" than to say "modified food starch (tapioca)."

For many years, in Canada and the US, if wheat was the source of modified food starch, that would have to be disclosed using the word "wheat" on the label.

The products, and their ingredients, have not changed. There are new rules and policies regarding how the ingredient is listed.

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I dn't understand what the concern would be.

richard

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