Commercial starch hydrolysates are classified on the basis of dextrose equivalent (DE). Maltodextrins are by definition starch hydrolysates (non-sweet saccharide polymers) that consist of α-d-glucose units linked primarily by (1→4) glycosidic linkages with a DE of less than 20, and a general formula of [(C6H10O5) n H2O]. DE is defined as the percentage of reducing sugar in a syrup calculated as dextrose on a dry weight basis. The definition of maltodextrins can thus be taken further as those materials having a dextrose equivalent of between 3 and 20. They, therefore, essentially bridge, in terms of molecular size, the gap between starch and sugar (Morris, 1984). The DE reflects reducing power, and therefore indicates stability and functionality. Starch hydrolysates with a DE greater than 20 are designated as various kinds of syrups depending on their source (e.g. corn syrups). Figure 3.1 shows the structural components of a maltodextrin mixture.


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