What is Maltodextrin?

While the idea of only eating simple unprocessed foods is great, it can be challenging.

I try to go for the second best thing which is understanding what the unpronounceable ingredients are.

With that goal in mind I give you…

Maltodextrin

What is maltodextrin?

Maltodextrin is a carbohydrate made up of about 7 glucose molecules linked together.

It is typically derived from corn starch but can also be made from the starch of wheat, potatoes, or rice. Even when it is made with wheat, it is so highly processed it is effectively gluten-free.

Maltodextrin is easily digested and absorbed by the body.

It can be slightly sweet or almost flavorless.

What is maltodextin used for?

It is used:

  • as a stabilizing agent and flavor enhancer in baked products and frozen desserts
  • as a texturizer in processed foods
  • as a thickener for soups, sauces, and salad dressings
  • as a bulking agent for artificial sweeteners

What is resistant maltodextrin?

When starch is treated with enzymes, heat, or acid, it can become resistant maltodextrin.

Resistant maltodextrin cannot be broken down by digestive enzymes so it is used by food producers as an isolated fiber.

Resistant maltodextrin may help lower blood sugar levels, but don’t help prevent constipation like other fiber.

Is maltodextrin safe?

Maltodextrin and resistant maltodextrin are considered safe products.

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