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Added Refined Starch

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As the name indicates, added refined starch denotes the sugars and starches (carbohydrates, added to food.

Source of added sugars

The starch constituent of a graincorn, or of a vegetable, such as  potato, used as an ingredient in another food.

Refined starches

Starches have been refined to remove  other components of the food, such as fiber,  protein, and minerals.

Purpose of refining starches

Refined starches  can be added to foods as a thickener, a  stabilizer, a bulking agent, or an anti-caking  agent.

Poor in nutrition

While refined starches are made  from grains or vegetables, they contain little or none of the many other components  of these foods that together create a  nutrient-dense food.

Rich in calories and poor in nutrition

The added refined starches are a source of  calories but few or no other nutrients. 

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