Rating: Safe

Thickening agent: Soup, gravy, frozen foods.
Modified starches are used in processed foods to improve their consistency and keep the solids suspended. Starch and modified starches used to be used in baby foods to replace large percentages of more nutritious ingredients, such as fruit. The starches were eliminated when the Center for Science in the Public Interest charged that some baby foods contained only about 30 percent food (such as strained bananas), with the rest being water, modified starch, and sugar.