Maltodextrin… the hidden danger in many foods!

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Due to the hectic pace of life, a large number of people now take their meals away from home or depend on canned food for the long term, especially with the great competition in the food market, the high prices of “organic” foods, as well as the marketing of these manufactured products, and the capacity of companies to imagine traditional non-food methods, in order to increase the level of sales, which is often done at the expense of public health.

Food labels!

Processed foods sold in stores always have an ingredient chart on their back label. Where countries with strict health systems require companies to put details of the materials used, but many buyers do not pay attention to the ingredient table, and also some companies try to circumvent and hide the harmful or undesirable ingredients, under different names, so as not to alienate the buyer.

Since the population is aware of the danger of the culture of “sugar”, manufacturers have tried to avoid mentioning its explicit name, or putting certain sugars in the “total carbohydrates” box without mentioning its name, or writing it in case it is an ingredient unknown to the buyer, and it will not cause him hesitation or aversion.

The common ingredient!

Among these commonly used ingredients is maltodextrin, which is extracted from starch, whether corn, wheat or rice, then processed at high temperatures, with chemicals, as well as enzymes, to finally come in the form of a soft powder, used as a flavor enhancer It also gives a smooth texture to materials, and it also acts to intensify the texture and increase its volume, and that is why it is added as “fillings” in nutritional supplements, because of its low cost!

Maltodextrin is found in a wide list of food products on the market, such as: processed foods, energy drinks, protein powder, sports mixes, nutritional supplements, desserts, soft drinks, beer, protein and energy bars, etc. Thus, it enters into the composition of thousands of products that people use on a daily basis, without their knowledge, nor to what extent they are safe or harmful to health.

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The most dangerous sugar!

Although “maltodextrin” is classified in the food ingredient table as “total carbohydrates”, it is actually “sugar”!

Dr. Eric Berg, a health educator specializing in weight loss through nutritional and natural methods, considers “maltodextrin” to be “the worst ingredient on earth”, due to its hidden presence in many foods, and above all, according to him, its glycemic index is higher than glucose, which makes it capable of increasing blood sugar levels very quickly, thus infecting a person with “insulin resistance”!

The glycemic index of glucose is 100, while “maltodextrin” has an index between 105 and 185, which means that it is more dangerous than glucose sugar, which also doubles its harm by the speed of its absorption in the intestine.



Lots of damage!

Dr. Berg believes that the presence of “maltodextrin” commonly found in many foods and beverages contributes to many people suffering from high blood sugar, and therefore to a large number of metabolic diseases, and failure diet programs that some may follow, in addition to the depletion of vitamins and minerals present in the body, reducing its ability to absorb them.

Scott Boising, MD, a naturopath who practices complementary medicine, writes in a blog post that “Processed starches, such as maltodextrin and carboxymethylcellulose, are common fillers, but growing research shows they can feed pathogenic bacteria in the digestive tract and be harmful to health.” And it increases inflammation.”

For her part, Catherine Marengo, nutritionist, published an article on HealthLine entitled “Is maltodextrin bad for me? While she downplayed the risk of “maltodextrin” and considered it a good substitute for “sugar” and for giving energy to athletes, despite her opinion that Dr. Eric Berg disagrees, but Marengo notes that studies have shown that “maltodextrin can alter the makeup of gut bacteria in ways that make you more susceptible to disease.” It “may also inhibit the growth of probiotics in the digestive tract, which is important for immune system function.”

The same study notes that “maltodextrin may increase the growth of bacteria such as Escherichia coli, which are linked to autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s disease.” Additionally, maltodextrin may “alter the secretion of intestinal mucus, which may increase the risk of colitis.”

Therefore, if a person wants to maintain their general health and the strength of their immune system, or reduce excess fat in their body, they should avoid “maltodextrin”, carefully read the ingredients of the foods they buy, and eat that they are without hidden sugar.








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