Are Starch-Based Sugars Artificial?
All starch derivatives come from starch naturally present in the agricultural raw materials from which it has been extracted. As such, all starch products are unquestionably plant-based ingredients derived from nature.
Starch is first separated from agricultural raw materials - primarily wheat, maize or potatoes - by applying mechanical processes, such as grinding, followed by mechanical separation of the starch from the other components, such as proteins and fibers.
To produce starch-based sugars, further processing is done by starch producers, using primarily enzymes similar to those the human body uses in its digestive processes. Click here to learn more about how starch-based sugars are produced.
Nonetheless, it is interesting to note that there is no EU definition of what constitutes a ‘natural’ product.