What is modified corn starch?
Modified corn starch is a food additive which is created by treating starch, causing the starch to be partially degraded. Modified corn starch can be used as a stabilizer, thickening agent, or an emulsifier. Starches may be modified to change texture of a food, increase their stability, decrease viscosity, or to lengthen or shorten gelatinization time.
I try to stay away from this as much as possible as it's not real. I think that anything that is "added" Is probably something we should be eating. Look at cereal for example. Most cereal brands are loaded with sugar and modified corn starch. Modified corn starch is also found in many breads such as white bread, wheat bread etc. I stay away from both as much as possible as the only reason why they have "minerals" and vitamins is because they sprinkle it over the grains.
Is it bad for you?
There does not appear to be any research indicating that modified corn starch is dangerous to our health. However, processed foods, which may be high in sodium, fat, or sugar, often contain modified starches. Consuming too much processed food may be detrimental to health (due to increased intake of sodium, empty calories from sugar, saturated fat, etc).
If it's in processed foods, does that mean all foods with modified corn starch should be avoided?
Great question! The modified corn starch doesn't make the food unhealthy. A lot of foods use this for texture (for yogurt to improve the creaminess) or for instance in salad dressing as an emulsifier to hold it together. It can even be used in frozen foods to prevent condensation/melting, etc.
Again I just avoid it all together.
A food that is natural (from nature- like whole fruits and vegetables) won't have any additives. So these of course are always are BEST choice. But a low fat yogurt that uses modified starch for texture is still healthy since it provides us with protein, calcium, vitamin D, etc. However, if you look at even more natural yogurts, like a Greek yogurt,
you will notice less additives (no modified starch, no HFCS, etc) making it an even more natural, healthier choice.