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.

Wallpaper Glue

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

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.

Surgical Dressings

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

Tanning Leather

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

Sports and Energy Bars

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

Tortilla Chips

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

Styrofoam Replacement

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

Stamp and Envelope Adhesive

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


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