Modified starch is a processed form of starch used as a thickener, stabilizer, and emulsifier in the food industry. It is created by chemically or physically altering the properties of the original starch molecule to enhance its functional attributes. Modified starch can improve the texture, consistency, and shelf-life of various food products, including sauces, soups, baked goods, and processed meat products. Additionally, it can also be used as a gluten-free alternative to traditional wheat-based ingredients. In general, modified starch is considered safe for consumption and is widely used in food production as a cost-effective ingredient.