Wheat starch is a fine, white powder that is derived from wheat flour. It is made by making a simple dough from wheat flour and water and then washing it until the starch is separated from the protein, gluten, and other components. The starch is then dried and processed to yield a fine powder that is typically 95-98% pure starch with very little protein and virtually no gluten.
Wheat starch is generally considered safe for consumption by people with gluten intolerance or celiac disease. It is a common food ingredient that is widely used as a thickener, stabilizer, and binder in a variety of food products such as soups, sauces, gravies, puddings, and baked goods. As a food ingredient, wheat starch is valued for its ability to thicken and stabilize foods without adding flavor, color, or texture. It is often used in combination with other thickeners such as cornstarch or tapioca starch to achieve the desired texture and consistency in a recipe.