7 Things to Know about Maltodextrin [Food Additive]

1. Maltodextrin is a polysaccharide that is used as a food additive. A polysaccharide is a type of carbohydrate.

2. It appears as a white powder.

3. Maltodextrin is produced from starches of corn, wheat, potatoes or rice.

4. Its flavor can be slightly sweet or almost flavorless.

5. Maltodextrin is used as a bulking base for artificial sweeteners, for example in Jell-o it is used in conjunction with Aspartame and Acesulfame Potassium. It is also the bulking agent in Splenda.

6. It is also used as a thickener for soups, gravies, and salad dressings.

7. The plant source of maltodextrin in products is a pain point for people suffering from celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Wheat derived maltodextrin may contain traces of gluten. Other than this issue, maltodextrin is considered a safe product.

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  • doc

    Maltodextrin has 4 calories per gram, the same as sugar or any other carbohydrate. It is not simply a “filler”. However, as a disaccharide, made of a maltose molecule and a dextrose molecule joined together into one molecule, it is less likely to cause spikes in insulin the way monosaccharides (such as sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, dextrose, etc.) will.

  • Ccristofaro

    How can be good for you and how can you say that is a natural product if it contains Aspartame? I would rather have no sweetener at all than to have an artificial one.

    • Ag596

      Can’t you read it is used in Conjunction with Aspartame….

       

  • http://www.injust10pages.com/blog/gluten_intolerance_blog Gluten Intolerance

    Thanks for the article. This is one thing that I will definitely take note of. I never knew it may have traces of gluten.

  • Coryron2

    I have read articles about how unhealthy aspartame is how healthy could it be even in conjuction with anything?

  • CBR6Chris

    If it’s made from corn, I’m sure it’s made from GMO corn so it’s bad in my book!

    • theychoseme

      I buy these organic granola bars. If its derived from organic sources its not GMO. The USDA Organic label includes non-GMO sources from what I’m researching so far.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rosario-Zamudio-Hernandez/100002869527911 Rosario Zamudio Hernandez

    what about this new product for loos weihgt sensa, name one of thi product is maltrodextrim it can halp to loos weight

  • ashok arora

    is there any limitation to use maltodextrin in bevarages

  • Patricia Powell

    does the product have artificial sweeteners or not

  • L

    This study out of the Cleveland Clinic will make you want to avoid maltodextrin. http://www.plosone.org/article/fetchObject.action?uri=info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0052132&representation=PDF

  • 911truther

    What if its corn based? Then its most likely Monsanto’s BT Corn and thus poison to the human body. Inflammation occurs to the unwitting public and you can see by our girths that we are not knowingly consuming the Cauliflower Mosaic Virus and the Bt Pesticide. In nearly all packaged goods, in every meat product that is fattened up with corn, unless organic, for every soft drink on the market that contains high fructose corn syrup, to all the pastries baked with corn based baking powder, we are being poisoned by MONSANTO. And their corporate charter should be revoked, or if they are indeed persons, then they should be brought up on crimes against humanity – along with all in the FDA and USDA that have been letting this crap pass for food for the past ten years!