The term dextrin describes a class of intermediate ingredients produced by treating starches with heat, acid, or enzymes. Synonyms for dextrins include starch gum, vegetable gum, and even tapioca. Dextrin is used as a diluting agent for pills and capsules, as well as a thickener in creams and foam stabilizer in beer. It can also be found in baked goods, candy, gravies, pie fillings, poultry, puddings, and soups. FDA considers it Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) when used in amounts sufficient for its purpose.