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Gelatin is well known for soft gel capsule formulation. However in recent years there was a great interest in developing gelatin free capsules for various technical (crosslinking of gelatin), economical, cultural and health reasons. Furthermore gelatin replacement has a great significance for vegetarians and religious groups.

To obtain the required rheological film properties suitable for softgel capsules, a non-GMO pregelatinized hydroxypropyl pea starch with an optimum amount of amylose, named LYCOAT® RS780 was tested and compared with HP corn and HP potato starch.

  • Capsules made with pea starch had higher burst strength and elasticity.
  • Starches as film former materials can provide alternatives to gelatin for softgel capsules industry.