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What is Wheat Syrup?

vvvindaloo Mar 22, 2008 02:15 PM

I was looking at a bag of Australian Kookaburra (Red) Licorice, and noticed that wheat syrup is the first ingredient. I've never heard of it. Can anyone shed some light on how this is produced, and what nutritional value it may have, if any? Thanks.

  1. tuqueboy Mar 22, 2008 07:41 PM

    i'd hazard a guess that it's a malted wheat extract.

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      erickson6441 Mar 22, 2008 09:37 PM

      Wheat syrup is made form the starch portion of Wheat by milling the wheat, cooking it with water and adding an enzyme like amylase to break down the starch into glucose or maltose (two glucose stuck together). It is possible to also create a fructose syrup with some minor catalytic action. It has the same nutritional value as any other saccharide, 4 Kcal's per gram. The minor mineral content is seen as a defect but is good for you.

      1. vvvindaloo Mar 23, 2008 07:35 PM

        Thank you both!

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