Hydrogenated starch hydrosylate (HSH) is a mixture of several sugar alcohols (a type of sugar substitute).
Hydrogenated starch hydrolysates are produced by the partial hydrolysis of starch – most often corn starch but also potato starch or wheat starch. This creates dextrins (glucose and short glucose chains). The hydrolyzed starch (dextrin) then undergoes hydrogenation to convert the dextrins to sugar alcohols.
Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysates are being used by the food industry for many years, especially in confectionery products. With time, they have become important food ingredients because of their sweetness, low cariogenic potential, and useful functional properties.