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Mar 22, 2008 02:15 PM

What is Wheat Syrup?

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.

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

    1. 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.