Definition

Alpha-cyclodextrin is a six-glucose cyclodextrin that is used as a soluble dietary fiber source. It is also used as a carrier for flavors, vitamins, fatty acids, and other ingredients. It can also be used to isolate bitter compounds and as a stabilizer, emulsifying fats in spreads or helping retain water or fat in fillings.

Health considerations

Alpha cyclodextrins are well tolerated in humans and have shown no adverse effects at normal intake. It is indigestible and used as a source of soluble fiber that can also trap molecules of fat within its structure, lowering overall energy absorption. See: Soluble fiber

Keep in mind

See: Cyclodextrin

May be found in

See: Cyclodextrin

References

Journal of Food Science
Advances in Inclusion Science
Food Hydrocolloids
European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology

Alternative Spellings and Names

E457

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