A food product used to provide a thicker texture to a liquid or food dish. Some thickeners are used for medical purposes to enable the swallowing of food to occur more easily, without choking. Thickeners are also used to improve the texture or flavor of the food dish. A variety of common thickeners are available, such as agar, arrowroot, roux, browned flour, flour paste, cornstarch, potato starch, split peas, and egg yolks.
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