About Starches: The Basics

Starch is one of the mainstays of the human diet in practically every culture.

It has an amazing array of sources including rice, wheat, corn, and potatoes to name just a few. Commonly starch is used as a thickening agent, stabilizing agent, or emulsifier in a variety of roles in the commercial food preparation process.

What is Modified Food Starch?

As opposed to its un-modified cousins, a modified food starch is one that has had some chemical modification to it to function better in a specific role in food manufacturing or the preparation process.

Commonly manufacturers want starches that solve particular challenges they face. Perhaps you need a starch that does better with high heat or with different shear rates.

All modified starches are assigned codes in the International Numbering System (INS) for Food Additives by the Codex Alimentarius1.

No matter what your particular needs are from a starch, our experts can help you find the starch (or starches) that are the perfect starches for your company's ingredient needs.

We're the preferred vendor of all Tate & Lyle products, including starch, in the Western United States, so we can help you get the right starch for the job and keep your costs low in the process.

Below is a table of all currently available starches and their INS number.

While we do our best to keep this table complete and up-to-date, if there's a starch you're interested in that isn't in this table, get in touch with us here.

Modified Starches

INS #
Name of Starch Type
Technical Function(s)
1400
Dextrins, roasted starch white and yellow
Emulsifier, thickener, binder
1401
Acid-treated starch
Stabilizer, thickener, binder
1402
Alkaline treated starch
Emulsifier, thickener, binder
1403
Bleached starch
Stabilizer, thickener, binder
1404
Oxidized starch
Emulsifier, thickener, binder
1405
Starches, enzyme-treated
Thickener
1410
Monostarch phosphate
Stabilizer, thickener, binder
1411
Distarch glycerol
Stabilizer, thickener, binder
1412
Distarch phosphate esterified with sodium trimetaphosphate; esterified with phosphorus oxychloride
Stabilizer, thickener, binder
1413
Phosphated distarch phosphate
Thickener
1414
Acetylated distarch phosphate
Emulsifier, thickener
1420
Starch acetate esterified with acetic anhydride
Stabilizer, thickener
1421
Starch acetate esterified with vinyl acetate
Stabilizer, thickener
1422
Acetylated distarch adipate
Stabilizer, thickener, binder
1423
Acetylated distarch glycerol
Stabilizer, thickener
1440
Hydroxypropyl starch
Emulsifier, thickener, binder
1442
Hydroxypropyl distarch phosphate
Stabilizer, thickener
1443
Hydroxypropyl distarch glycerol
Stabilizer, thickener
1450
Starch sodium octenyl succinate
Stabilizer, thickener, binder, emulsifier


1Codex Alimentarius Commission is the international food standards organization of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Its goals are (1) consumer health protection and (2) fair practices in international food trade.

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