It is used as a thickening and gelling agent for its viscosity and opaqueness in sauces, soups, gravies and various desserts. It is also used as an effective binder and acts as a stabilizer to give necessary body, texture and the sweetness to bakery products.
It is used un conjunction with thermoplastic or thermosetting resins to obtain a permanent finish. It is preferred to any other material for sizing, finishing, and printing.
It is used as an adhesive in pigmented coating for paper and boards to give the required glossiness. It is also used for surface sizing of paper products and to enhance characteristics such as scuff resistance and printability.
Manufacturing It is used as an economical fermentation feedstock to produce many organic chemicals such as ethanol.