Published on Jan 06th, 2022
You should read the nutritional labels on the products you buy even if you are not a nutritionist.
Because you should know what you are eating and how it is going to affect your body. There are many additives in processed food that may or may not be beneficial for you.
One of the most used food additives is Maltodextrin.
You should know:
And this is what is article is all about. Educating you about one of the most commonly used food additives.
It is a food additive prepared from either wheat, rice, corn, or potato mash.
It is a yellowish or whitish powder. It is used in processed foods to increase their life, frosty, or taste.
You can find maltodextrin written on most processed foods such as:
Maltodextrin is said to be beneficial for bodybuilders. That is why it is found in most energy bars and sports drinks.
From the nutritional point of view, it is beneficial for some, and harmful for some. It gets absorbed in the blood and raises blood sugar.
Which makes it an ideal source of energy drink for bodybuilders.
It’s prepared using a process called Hydrolysis. Hydrolysis is the process of transforming the starch into smaller pieces causing its powdery form.
Maltodextrin has a DE (Dextrose Equal) of 3-20.
What is Dextrose Equal?
It is a unit to measure the percentage of sugar in sugary products.
The glucose sparks are less if the organic maltodextrin has a higher DE value.
The application of maltodextrin is very wide. It ranges from food and energy drinks to the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry. And also some baby nutritional products.
The maltodextrin with DE value ranging between 3-5 is utilized as a fat substitute in different foods such as ice creams, and salads.
It is used as an organic sweetener and to increase the viscosity of products without increasing its sweetness.
It is easily digestible and gives an instant dose of energy. Which makes it an ideal ingredient for many products. Mostly for sportsmen, athletes, and bodybuilders. It is added to energy drinks, snacks, minerals, protein powders, and minerals.
Due to its non-irritable and soluble properties, it is used in many personal care products. As well as hair lotions and creams.
In the pharmaceutical industry, its main functions are that of coating agent, carb source, soluble agent, and binding agent.
There may be questions in your mind, such as
Why is it being used in so many products? Is it healthy for me? Should I take it or avoid it? What are its benefits?
Here is what makes rice maltodextrin and other such additives so special and common:
If you are allergic or intolerant to maltodextrin, you may experience the following problems:
Other than that you may also experience these things:
Let us know in the comments below, what maltodextrin products do you use daily?Back
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