xA carbohydrate contained in dahlia bulbs to the extent of about 10 per cent, of the weight of the ripe tubers, and in smaller proportions in the roots of other members of the Composite, such as chicory and artichokes. In the pure state it is a white powder resembling starch, but, unlike that substance, it dissolves in aqueous sodium hydroxide and in hot water to a clear solution, and is not coloured blue by iodine. It is unaffected by diastase, and is not fermentable by yeast, but when boiled with water or dilute acid it is converted into a variety of fructose. It is used in the preparation of diabetic bread, and is a strongei sweetener than cane sugar.
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