Definition

Cyclodextrins are dextrins whose processing has left their glucose molecules linked in a circular formation. This structure allows them to trap other molecules within the ring. There are three common cyclodextrins: alpha, beta, and gamma.

Health considerations

Cyclodextrins are classed as generally recognized as safe, and are used in a variety of applications including drug delivery. Negative health effects are associated with its use in the medical field, when it is used in significant quantities.

Keep in mind

Cyclodextrins are present in small quantities in foods.

May be found in

Artificial sweeteners, preserved fish and meat, processed fish and meat, soybean products, cheese, cream, dairy products, dairy-based desserts, spreads, mayonnaise, margarine, grapefruit juice, grapefruit segments, citrus juice, supplements

References

Food Hydrocolloids

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