Tanning Leather

In the tanning industry, liquid glucose is used to improve the flexibility of leather.

Sugar-Free Cake

Erythritol is a zero-calorie sweetener and sugar substitute that results in moister, softer baked goods.

Shoe Polish

Liquid glucose is added to shoe polish to prevent it from caking and to give footwear a shinier finish.

Self-Repairing Paint

German researchers are developing paint for cars that is derived from cornstarch and automatically repairs minor scratches.

Styrofoam Replacement

Polystyrene cups, long considered a threat to the environment, are being supplanted by biodegradable products made from bioprocessing cornstarch.

Shampoos and Conditioners

Cornstarch helps to strengthen hair, while corn oil acts as a conditioner. Xanthan gum, made from corn bioprocessing, is a stabilizer and thickener.


Rubber made from bioprocessed cornstarch reduces rolling resistance and weight for better fuel economy and better traction.

Stamp and Envelope Adhesive

Dextrin serves as the water-activated adhesive on stamps and envelopes.

Surgical Dressings

Some bandages include cornstarch. Its super-absorbent properties help accelerate healing and reduce scarring.

Sports and Energy Bars

Chocolate coatings made with the low-calorie sweetener maltitol keeps sports bars soft and protects essential nutrients.

Wallpaper Glue

How does wallpaper stick? Dextrin is a key ingredient in many wallpaper adhesives.

Tortilla Chips

Corn oil is used in frying tortilla and other snack chips, reducing both saturated fat and trans fat.