Modified Food Starch: What Is It? | Bob’s Red Mill
Modified Food Starch Demystified

Modified Food Starch Demystified

What Is Modified Food Starch?

Modified food starch is made by physically, enzymatically, or chemically altering starch to change its inherent properties. In this instance, modified does not necessarily mean genetically modified, however some modified starches are likely made from genetically modified ingredients.

How Is Modified Food Starch Used?

Modified starches are typically used as food additives for the same reasons as conventional starches—thickening, stabilizing, or emulsifying. Some of the properties gained by changing the original starch can include the ability to stand different temperatures (excessive heat, freezing, etc.) and an increased shelf life of the desired property (for example, it will keep thickening the sauce for a longer time than its conventional counterpart). It can also alter their ability to act as a thickener, and shorten the thickening time (for example, a modified starch may act as a better thickening agent and thicken sauce much faster than its conventional counterpart).

Modified starches are often used in foods that promote themselves as “instant” and in foods that might need a certain temperature to thicken (during cooking or freezing). Think of gravy packets, instant puddings, and those meals that come in a box and require a minimum amount of cooking or simply need boiling water. These days you can find modified starch in almost every processed food. Check the ingredient list: it’s there.

Common Types of Modified Food Starch

The most common types of modified food starch are made from ingredients like corn, wheat, potato, and tapioca. Typically labels will list the source from which the starch was modified as Modified Corn Starch, however unless it is derived from one of the top eight allergens (in this case wheat), it is not required by law to be listed this way.

Is Modified Food Starch Gluten Free?

Most modified starches are gluten free, except for those that use wheat starch as a base. There is some controversy about whether modified wheat starch really does contain gluten, however. Our opinion? Especially with a gluten free diet, why risk it?

We hope this helps clear up a little label confusion for you. If you have any more label mysteries that you’d like us to solve, tell us in the comments.


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116 Comments

  1. Kelly
    I have a question.

    Does Bob's Red Mill products contain any modified starches made from genetically modified corn?
    Reply
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      Our products do not contain modified starches. At Bob’s Red Mill, we have made a commitment to purchase only non-GMO grains. All of our products are made from ingredients that were grown from identity-preserved, non-GMO seed. For more information about our GMO policy, please call our customer service team: 1-800-349-2173.
      Reply
  2. Hangmansnews
    These "people" pushing GMO are loving to twist words out of their meaning. So to call it modified starch is just fun for them. Also they like to put natural additives into the e-number list. So if you point out that some food contains a lot of additives they say "So what? Lemon is also an additive". I am so sick and tired of watching more and more food containing less natural ingredients. Some experiments test animals only got fed gmo and they were unable to reproduce after just a few generation. Say no to GMO
    Reply
  3. Carole A. Brown
    Carole A. Brown
    I have found that I get diarrhea from modified starches. I've learned to check labels and not get a product that has anything modified in it.


    BTW--I really like your granolas. They're much more like the kind I used to buy in the 1970's. If you check the grocery store granolas, they have 3-4 kinds of sugar!
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    1. Jill
      Have you found anyone else who has reactions to modified starches, or doctors who've treated others who are sensitive to them? I have a son who has a food allergy to modified food starches (throat closes, dizzy, diarrhea, etc) and I cannot find anyone else with the same issue, or doctors who've seen it. I know there must be others out there. Thanks.
      Reply
    2. Joan Richardson
      I get severe Migraine headache with the aura so it is hard to see. It is in so many foods. I can't eat High Fructose either. Are they close?
      Reply
      1. Cassidy Stockton
        Joan,

        I'm sorry, but we do not know enough about modified food starch and high fructose corn syrup to be able to tell you if you can eat them. They are very different products, so I'm not sure if I would consider them 'close'.
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    3. Helen Ross
      Dear Carole, My Husband always gets diarrhea after eating food with modified wheat starch. I do not react that way but get bloated and gassy. I stopped using products with this. Bob Red Mills Potato starch I use and it seems to have cured the problem.
      Helen
      Reply
    4. Jennifer
      I am allergic to potato. I get a ton of bloating and hives all over. I would also say my head feels foggy and my mood becomes depressed and angry. Not life threatening but does impact my quality of life. I have found relief from acupuncture and probiotics.
      Reply
  4. TL
    I'm very happy to have read the comment from Cassidy " At Bob’s Red Mill, we have made a commitment to purchase only non-GMO grains. All of our products are made from ingredients that were grown from identity-preserved, non-GMO seed. " That being the case, why are your products, at least the ones I've used, not labeled as such. I would think most consumers would be happy to see your product is GMO free. I actually stopped using your brand when I become more concerned about GMO foods and I wasn't sure if Bob's red mill products were GMO or not. I just assumed they were because I was told if something is not organic or labeled as GMO free than it probably is a GMO product. I will happily go back to using your brand again. Thank you!
    Reply
  5. Marcia Wiggins
    I would like to ask if modified food startch can be used to thicken products that do not get heated?
    Reply
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      Marcia,

      Yes, a modified food starch should work to thicken cold liquids.
      Reply
  6. Karen
    I have a question. You said that, "At Bob’s Red Mill, we have made a commitment to purchase only non-GMO grains. All of our products are made from ingredients that were grown from identity-preserved, non-GMO seed." From my understanding, wheat has been genetically modified and dwarfed since the 60's and has a very high glycemic index and is highly addictive. Are your wheat grain products identity preserved from before this time?
    Reply
    1. AmandaCarter
      That’s a terrific question, thank you! We rely on the Non-GMO Project’s definition of GMOs which states, “GMOs (or ‘genetically modified organisms’) are organisms that have been created through the gene-splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This relatively new science allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. (http://www.nongmoproject.org/about-gmos-2/) In light of that definition, our wheat grain products’ identity-preservation precedes the 1960s.
      Reply
  7. Cherie
    Recently, I have begun to suspect I have an intolerance for modified food starch, and modified corn starch. I had thought I might be gluten intolerant, but have noticed a stronger correlation to food containing modified starches than to those containing gluten. Is intolerance to modified starches common?
    Reply
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      Cherie,

      I have not heard of that, but it does not mean that you do not have an intolerance to them. I recommend talking to your doctor.
      Reply
    2. JLR
      Is it possible that you are nightshade intolerant? A lot of 'modified food starch' is potato.
      Reply
    3. daniel fredenthal
      daniel fredenthal
      Cherie. Most of your queries can be answered just by reading the life changing book, Grain Brain by MD David Perl utter. The surprising truth about west, carbs, and sugar
      Reply
    4. Jill
      I have a son who is allergic to modified food starch (throat closes, diarrhea, dizzy, headache) and haven't come across anyone else or any doctors who have seen allergies or intolerance to modified food starches. Are you still having the problem? Have you found anyone else who has it or has treated it? Thank you.
      Reply
      1. Amy
        My daughter cannot eat modified food starch or high fructose corn syrup (or any corn based item) because they are both derived from corn. Modified Food Strach is usually from corn in the US because it is much cheaper due to the high availability of corn.
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  8. She McKay
    Cherie
    For years I have had a problem digesting any white food:i.e. white bread, potatoes, white rice, white pasta, anything with white flour. Now my problem of bloating and tummy ache is getting worse and seems to be linked to modified starch which appears to be in everything: baked beans, ice cream, custard, gravy etc.
    My doctor does not believe me, has checked me for coeliac (negative) and just keeps telling me its IBS.
    I think a lot of people are intolerant to 'modified starch'. Why won't anybody listen to me and believe me. I am a Yoga teacher and know my own body. I hear you!
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    1. karen
      hi i have been found to have an intolerance to modified starch and all starches that are used as an addictive BUT i am not intolerant to wheat or gluten. i had many years with what the doctors thought was IBS but i discovered it was the modified starch and now i avoid it altogether and my life has changed for the better, cant believe its in so many foods . marks and spencers in the uk have started flagging it up on the outside along with gluten and wheat which is a step forward
      Reply
    2. Sheogorath
      My doctor does not believe me, has checked me for coeliac (negative) and just keeps telling me its IBS.
      What you describe sounds exactly like IBS that's being triggered by modified food starch. I would go back to your doctor so you can seek the correcdt treatment.
      FYI, I know about IBS because I have it, except mine is triggered by processed cheese and dextrose.
      Reply
    3. Laura
      I have had IBS all my life since when are doctors saying it is late onset?
      Reply
    4. Amy
      I believe you because it happened to me too. Believe yourself. How do I know, because the garlic salt seasoning had nothing else in it except modified corn starch. I was initially lactose intolerant, then gluten sensitive, and now modified corn starch which seems to be in everything.
      Reply
    5. El
      Modified starch-containing foods make me tired, lethargic, and put me to sleep. I do all I can to avoid it now.
      Reply
  9. Ann Berkley
    She McKay,

    I have a very similar reaction to the foods you mentioned. It could be one of two things: either a gluten intolerance (which is not a positive celiac), or a gut/flora imbalance. Have you ever tried either the Specific Carbohydrate Diet or the GAPS diet? They are both very healing to individuals with your set of symptoms. Good luck.:) (Btw. Bob's Red Mill makes Almond Meal Flour and Coconut Flour which are staples in SCD and GAPS baking).
    Reply
  10. Nan
    I have had trouble with wheat gluten for years and didn't realize it until doing some research. Almost two years ago, I started a gluten-free diet. I have lost about fifty pounds as a result and my stomach is much better now. I have come to realize that being intolerant of wheat would also trigger sensitivities to other foods as I can eat those foods once again.

    I also found that I do not tolerate corn or oats either. I basically use only rice and rice flour out of all the grains. I do tolerate tapioca and potato starch. Coconut flour is also good. I have used BOB'S products many times.

    I wasn't aware of the non-GMO for BOB'S products. Thanks for letting us know :)
    Reply
  11. Jesusdiedandlives
    I think I know why you have problems with your intestines. Modified food starch increases the level of lysophosphatidylcholine in the starch. It is okay in small amounts in our body, but large amounts demyelinate and cause lesions. Please come read "Food starch-modified, modified coconut oil, vaccines, and oats" at my blog at http://jesusdiedandlives.wordpress.com.

    Thanks Bob's for offering quality products that help us heal.
    Reply
  12. Gisele
    Arrowroot Starch/Flour question: Is a microscopic analysis done on your Arrowroot starch/flour to determine if it is pure arrowroot ...not tapioca starch of some form (or a mixture of...)?

    I've been reading that a lot of arrowroot S/F is not really the pure product (essentially tapioca starch) and that manufacturers such as yourself must test it to be sure it is. I'd really like some confirmation that your product is the pure arrowroot before I purchase more. You have a lot of great products so I imagine you can easily confirm this. Thank you.
    Reply
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      Hi Gisele,

      We'll do our best to find out. Everything I am looking at seems to indicate that it is pure, but I'll double check.
      Reply
    2. Cassidy Stockton
      Gisele,

      Yes, our Arrowroot Starch is pure arrowroot. Please give us a call at 800-349-2173 if you have further questions.
      Reply
  13. Charlea
    I'd like to know in regards to your Arrowroot Starch and your "Bean" flours if it has any cornstarch added to it or some remnants in it from your facility? Also, any soy as well. It doesn't mention if it is organic, so how are the Arrowroot plants and Beans treated. Are they treated with synthetic pesticides or chemical fertilizers.

    I am interested in your products, but have allergies and need to know before I start using them. Thank you very much for your time! : )
    Reply
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      Charlea,

      Our bean flours and arrowroot starch do not contain any cornstarch, nor are they organic. They use conventional farming practices, so it is possible that pesticides and chemical fertilizers are used. Please give us a call at 800-349-2173 for more information.
      Reply
  14. Greg
    I would like to know if a boxed cereal contains GMO modified "corn" starch, and there are no GMO oat products, (because there are no GMO oats) and a company states that they will no longer use GMO's in certain products, would that mean that they are simply using a non GMO corn starch? I am asking this because I know that 88% of all corn is GMO corn. I would guess that would include all of the by-products from the GMO corn, right?
    Reply
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      Greg,

      I can't be certain, because it's hard to guess what circular logic might be going on at the big corps, but my guess is that if they are saying they are no longer using GMOs and the only questionable item is cornstarch, they are looking at a non-GMO cornstarch. If the corn in question is a GMO, it's byproducts (like starch) would also be GMO. Hope this helps.
      Reply
  15. Margaret
    Please let me know,
    how I can thicken the water a natural way.
    My mother has swallowing problem.
    Thank you.

    Margaret
    Reply
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      Margaret,

      We are not sure. You could try adding xanthan gum to the liquid and see if you can get it thick enough for her to swallow. I'm sorry that we don't have a solid answer for you.
      Reply
  16. Konnor Breitlander
    Konnor Breitlander
    Is modified food starch in Popsicles gluten
    Reply
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      Konnor,

      We do not know, you'll need to contact the manufacturer.
      Reply
  17. Christine Hambleton
    Christine Hambleton
    Margaret- if your mom can tolerate a small amount of laxative in her diet, you might try a small amount of ground psyllium seed in her water. Left to sit in the water for ten minutes or so, the seed will thicken the water, or actually expand in the water. Experiment. God bless.
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    1. Deb
      What about chia seeds? They also expand and thicken in liquids, and are meant to be very healthy!
      Reply
  18. Ulysses
    Hi Cassidy (or anyone). My question is: without the precaution of natural occurring allergens (as in nuts, wheat, etc), is Modified Food Starch SAFE to consume/eat, as it is found as a preservative in many foods?
    Reply
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      I'm sorry, I cannot answer that question. The FDA has approved it for food use, but we all know that doesn't mean it's safe.
      Reply
  19. Kenneth Baker
    Is carrageenan used in any of your products? Also, to commentor, ms McKay, you may want to look up the possible effects of that substance (common in many products) on your digestive system.
    Reply
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      No, we do not use carrageenan.
      Reply
  20. Shaunette Oudkerk
    Where can I find modified starch in Brooklyn
    Reply
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      We do not sell modified food starch, so I'm sorry that I cannot help you find some.
      Reply
  21. Meris Robison
    Wonderful to hear about your wheat grain products being pre-60's. I will begin using your products non-stop. Last year I tried no-wheat diet and those extra pounds I'd always wanted to lose fell off. Read "Wheat Belly." Please label your products as such! I have little doubt that this will increase the demand for your products. Possibly with high volume and no change to the product, the volume increase will help make the price affordable for more people to use and become more healthy. Thank you for presenting the information in usable, understandable form. Are there a lot of hoops to jump in order to tag or label your product? Meris Robison
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  22. Jill
    Hi there, I have been enjoying reading your responses to inquiries about food starch. My children have FPIES (Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome). This is a type of allergy that can lead to hospitalization from vomiting and diarrhea. There is no reversal once triggered so avoidance is the only way to live healthfully. In the age of food allergies I find it infuriating that "food starch" isn't described more specifically ie) Rice starch or Corn Starch. We are also allergic to Rice and Oats. In any event, can you please explain to me the chemical components of food starch? In other words, is there any food protein at all in food starch?
    Reply
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      Jill,

      I am sorry, but we are not qualified to answer this question for you. I am not an expert, but my guess is that there is some protein remaining in the starch.
      Reply
  23. Uli Boecker
    Hello Cassidy,

    So, is Bob's Red Mill "Potato Starch" and enzyme modified food starch?

    I have been using another cosmetic ingredient company's "modified food starch" for years, but find that their price has tripled in the last year, and am looking for an alternative.
    I may just imagine it, but I find "modified food starch" easier to incorporate into lotion at a lower temperature than when I use regular food starch.
    With kind regards.
    Reply
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      Uli,

      No, our potato starch is not modified.
      Reply
  24. James Brownrigg
    Trying to find the right thickening agent for our New England Creamy Clam chowder. We would like to be able to freeze but find that Roux separates. It has been suggested that we try Modified Food Starch, but find it thins upon cooling. Corn Starch reacts very simular. Any suggestions?
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    1. Cassidy Stockton
      James,

      I have not had a lot of luck with any starches for freezing and thawing, but you might have luck with xanthan gum. It is often used in ice cream, so it might pass the test. You can read more about it here: http://blog.bobsredmill.com/gluten-free/wiw-xanthan-gum/ Many health food stores sell it in bulk now, so you can just try a little bit to see if it will work without committing to a $12 bag.
      Reply
  25. hrw6jwr
    is modified corn starch inorganic or organic?
    Reply
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      We would guess that it is not organic, but we're not sure, as we don't sell it.
      Reply
  26. Sheilagh Howe
    For Cassidy - I have found that using instant potato's in my clam chowder will indeed thicken the soup very nicely. Check your labels on the type you may use. I am a rabid label reader and have 'trained' my husband, who had a short hospital stay last year due to a heart innocent to do the same. It flabbergasts me the amount of Sodium in any/all foods purchased in markets!! We truly are what we eat.
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  27. debbie
    hi have a completely different question about modified starch. i make savoury pies which i sell to restaurants, and i want to use modified starch for the gravy and chicken sauce, as my pies are frozen. i have tried to mix with cold water and i have tried with hot water, but both ways my sauces go very lumpy, what is the best way to mix it?
    Reply
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      I'm sorry, but we aren't sure. We don't sell modified starch. I would imagine it would work the same way as regular starch, though. Start with a slurry of a small amount of liquid and the starch. Mix until the starch is dissolved, then add the slurry to the rest of the liquid ingredients.
      Reply
  28. Alicia rappold
    Hi,
    I saw in 2013 you said that you do not buy
    gmo grains. I just bought several bags of your arrowroot powder. Is it genetically modified? It does not say non-GMO.

    Thank you for your help in this.

    Alicia
    Reply
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      At Bob’s Red Mill, we have made a commitment to purchase only non-GMO grains. All of our products are made from ingredients that were grown from identity-preserved, non-GMO seed. You can read our full non-GMO policy here: http://blog.bobsredmill.com/featured-articles/update-our-non-gmo-policy/ For more information about our GMO policy, please call our customer service team: 1-800-349-2173.
      Reply
  29. Eric
    Hi,
    Simple question, can modfied food starch be Non-GMO?
    Love your products. Thank you.
    Eric
    Reply
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      I would assume that if it was made from a non-GMO source, it would still be non-GMO.
      Reply
  30. Jennifer
    Is the modified food starch in "Follow Your Heart" vegan cheese bad for you?
    Reply
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      I'm not sure if we can say it's good or bad, but it seems like it would be fine.
      Reply
  31. Latoya Wagner
    Hello, have a question and I cannot seem to find any answers. So thank you in advance for your help. I purchased an unsweetened coconut coffee and the ingredients include coconut, columbian coffee, maltodextrin and starch. The claims are that this coffee is so healthy. its delicious however, the starch worries me. Can you please give me some insight on whether starch derived from a non GMO corn is safe. Its still starch and I guess I don't know enough to have piece of mind. Thank you again!
    Reply
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      I'm sorry, but we are not able to tell you if another company's product is safe or not, you should contact that company.
      Reply
    2. Olanipekun Grace
      Olanipekun Grace
      My question is: What are the limitations or drawbacks of enzymatic modification of starch
      Reply
      1. Cassidy Stockton
        I'm so sorry, but we aren't able to answer that question.
        Reply
  32. Eric
    Thanks for the info about modified corn starch. Is it possible to find organic modified corn starch or other organic modified starches?
    Reply
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      I'm sorry, but we do not have that information.
      Reply
  33. sue b
    Is MSG considered a modifier in modified food starch?
    Reply
  34. Jessica
    I have a genetic condition that required removal of my colon since then I have realized that modified starches and corn syrups cause me diarrhea and gas. So much that the opiate medications I use to control it do not work at all! I have recently discovered that food starches are ok. But not modified. And corn syrups cause it too. Maybe nitrates as well. I have stayed away from that. It's such a hastle. I have been on my own diagnosing myself without the help of doctors. I do think the link between modified food starches and corn syrups is sulfites. If so, you may notice you cannot drink wine or eat raisins, grapes, some dehydrated foods with added sulfites, dark sodas and liquors, caramel coloring (and others) it may be sulfites that you are allergic to! I can't even eat out anymore unless it's steamed rice at Chinese food, hamburger and chicken patties at mc Donald's. :(
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    1. Cindi Hodges
      Jessica, be careful because McDonald's chicken patties have modified food starch in them. The hamburger patties do not have it in them.
      Reply
  35. Linda Biram
    Modified food starch may include potatoes, which my daughter is very allergic to. Pizza Hut does not know which MFS is used in their "fake cheese". Recently they changed it, but are rebranding to make you think it will be healthier without chemicals. Check into it. We ended up in the ER.
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  36. Lucy
    Blood tests for celiac disease typically produce a spike in immunoglobulin A (IgA) as a positive marker for the disease. However, if you have Selective IgA Deficiency, that spike will never happen. Few doctors seem to be aware of this. My gastroenterologist also told me that as many as 30% of celiacs have colon damage that is too far down for the biopsy to detect it. Again, many doctors don't seem to know this.

    If going gluten free makes you feel better, just do it!
    Reply
  37. Sher
    I find modified food starch to be soothing and binding for my Ibs with diarrhea
    Reply
  38. usha Bala
    Hi,
    We are vegetarians,would like to know "Modified Food Starch " from Bob's Red mill is vegan?
    thanks in advance.
    Usha
    Reply
  39. Amy Lynne
    I have been gluten and dairy free most of my life. I also cannot eat peanuts. I recently developed a severe allergy to almonds, and am concerned that almond may be an ingredient in unspecified "modified food starch." Thoughts?
    Reply
    1. Sarena Shasteen
      Almond is not an unspecified ingredient in ours, but we can't speak for other companies.
      Reply
  40. Mike Downes
    Hello all,
    I agree that they doctors (maybe not all) do not understand the effects of Modified Food Starch. Ive read on here how some are affected by diarrhea, bloating etc. My reaction is Itching. My hands look awful. I come to find out that I am allergic to the chemical Polypropylene Glycenol (spelling) and that chemical is in Modified Food Starch. My wife and I did enough research to try and find out why I itch so bad. Now I understand. I cannot eat anything that has either in it. I have chosen not to eat out because you just dont know. I live on Benadryl now.
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  41. Sally
    Thank you this is very informative. Beats the Ingredion website's rah rah pom pom waving, and the paranoia websites that are against everything. However, I'm growing more and more focused on "real food" instead of processed food, or prepackaged food. I'm even considering getting an attachment for the Champion juicer so I can make my own fresh flour. I'm between a rock and a hard place... with rah-rah-yeeha on one side and boo-boo-fear on the other side. Both sides are so busy attempting to persuade me, that neither are giving me what I want, that is, facts.

    Example: Expandex is a modified starch (I think, tapioca starch) that is increasingly used in gluten free goods. People have had a backlash against xanthan gum, so now the new hot thing is MFS. That Ingredion company markets Expandex and several forms of modified and supposedly non modified starch. Their Novation line makes me cringe. It sounds to me like they are saying that since a lab bacteria makes it, it must be "native." They never mention the bacteria, but that's what it sounds like, bacteria poop.

    Another example: Lecithin, it's almost always hydrogenated in packaged foods. It doesn't need to be labeled as a trans fat due to a loophole. And we read the label and think "oh, lecithin is good for you." Well it would be if it was in a nut or seed, but not a hydrogenated form.

    I miss bread, but if I decide to cheat, I will cheat with a 3 ingredient artisan wheat bread. I will pay for it no matter what bread I eat, so it might as well be the best. I'm just so tired of this name game, and the weak excuse of "economy of scale." Bull. If people who grow meat and veggies and fruits near you had a reliable market, they would sell locally. I'm surrounded by cow, chicken and pig farms. There is also a llama farm and a goat farm near me. All have animals in traditional outdoor pens. Sometimes I ask if I can buy things, but it sounds like it's complicated for them to be able to sell to me.

    Now hear this: Communism did that. When I lived under communism, you had to get permission to sell food, and permission to even slaughter your own animals for subsistence. This is free enterprise, isn't it? Let's act like it. We are not Communists.
    Reply
    1. Dale
      Sally, get in touch with the nearest chapter of the Weston Price Foundation. Go online and email them asking for advice. They will probably be able to tell you what farms in your area will sell meat and eggs. If you are lucky you will be able to get grass-fed beef and lamb, and if you are extremely lucky, grass-fed pork. You can also go the the EatWild website and put in your area, and a list of farms nearest you will come up. Also explore any farmer's markets that may be nearby. Many times the larger ones will have farmers selling organic vegetables and often grass-fed meats. Ask everybody you meet there where to find what you're looking for. I live in an area that sounds similar to yours - farm country (also with llamas and alpacas) but no apparent way to buy the food. It took some digging and asking questions, but I ultimately found resources for amazing, healthy food. It just takes some persistence and some detective work. A lot of it depends on word of mouth. Best of luck to you.
      Reply
  42. Ruth
    Does Bob's red mill have almond flour?
    Can you make a package Mix for an easy loaf of bread (gluten and dairy free?)
    Thanks!
    Reply
    1. Sarena Shasteen
      We DO have almond flour! You can find it here on our website. We also have a gluten free and dairy free bread mix!
      https://www.bobsredmill.com/almond-meal-flour.html
      https://www.bobsredmill.com/gluten-free-homemade-wonderful-bread.html
      Reply
  43. Pam
    Does Bob's Red Mill use modified food starch that is made from potatoes. I have a nightshade allergy (no tomatoes, white potatoes or eggplant to name a few) and I try to avoid modified food starch because of the white potatoes.
    Reply
  44. […] to Bob’s Red Mill, modified food starch is in just about all instant and processed foods these days, and it’s […]
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  45. Jeff2
    Modified wheat starch 75 is one that has 75% Resistant Starch, and they use it because it is lower in calories. The resistant starch makes it to the colon undigested where it feeds bacteria in the colon. Too much of it can cause diarrhea in some people. But for others, it is prebiotic supplement.
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  46. Angelica
    This is very interesting, but nobody seems to actually explain the chemical changes and their effects. If a flour is roasted, what effect is that? Does it mean it adds stretch? Or absorbs liquid faster? If it's treated with lye, what effect? Does it stretch more? How do they change the electrical charge? That seems like an odd thing to do, so why do they do that? When I read an article about it, and the answers I seek aren't there, them I've wasted a lot of time. This is at least the 10th article I've read on this subject over the years and nobody wants to actually explain anything, they all gloss over the chemical changes in favor of a very spare overview.
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    1. Whitney Barnes
      Whitney Barnes
      I'm sorry, we don't have the answers to those questions.
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    2. Michael Walsh
      Hi Angelica. Your questions about the properties of flour are similar to questions that I had. I contacted Laucke Flour and found them to be very knowledgeable and helpful.
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  47. Norman Wrensch
    I have been dealing with food allergies for over 15 years, starting with gluten, yeast, cashews, walnuts, buckwheat, and modified food starch plus too many others to list. The modified food starch is one of the worst, it gives me diarrhea, and buckwheat gives me so much inflammation that it feels as if I had put my arms and legs into a fire. I am glad to see that you use such good ingredients.
    Thanks
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  48. Malcolm
    I have been seriously allergic to wheat and of course any product containing wheat and in investigating the reason for my unexplained sudden urticaria (how my allergy manifests itself) started taking an interest in MODIFIED STARCH to discover that my favourite instant "Creamy and Frothy Cappuccino" contained what will now become my pet hate in life because I made a cup in the middle of the night (without any other foods or snacks) and on rising this morning am itching and scratching like mad. On investigating Modified Starch discovered that wheat is a popular source.
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  49. Leah King
    So is modified tapioca starch good for you. Or just kinda neutral??
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    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi Leah - Tapioca Starch is typically used within baking recipes, and while it doesn't have the same claim to fame as our Oats or Whole Wheat Flour (with high protein and fiber) it fits well within a balanced diet.
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  50. Meenakshi
    I'm allergic to solanine present in potatoes. Does that mean that I should avoid anything that contains modified potato starch?
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    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi Meenakshi, that would be a question better suited for your doctor or nutritionist. Potato Starch is different from whole potatoes; it is just the starchy liquids pulled from the potato and dehydrated.
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