Cornstarch

Cornstarch

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Corn starch, cornstarch, cornflour or maize starch is the starch derived from the corn grain. The starch is obtained from the endosperm of the corn kernel (Wikipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

The allergy occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly identifies corn proteins as invading bacteria and goes into defensive mode, releasing histamines to fight the perceived infection. Avoiding the ingestion of products with corn, corn starch, or corn-based sweeteners is the best way to prevent an allergic reaction (MedicalHealthTests, 2012).

Commons Uses:

Corn starch is used as a thickening agent in liquid-based foods (e.g., soupsaucesgravies,custard); it is mixed-in with a lower-temperature liquid to form a paste or a slurry. It is sometimes preferred over flour because it forms a translucent mixture, rather than an opaque one (Wikipedia, nd).

Amount Per 1 cup (128 g)

Calories 488
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 12 mg 0%
Potassium 4 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 117 g 39%
Dietary fiber 1.2 g 4%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 0.3 g 0%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% Iron 3%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 1%

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