Maltodextrin One of the Worst Hidden Sugars

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 06/29/2017

Have you heard about maltodextrin? Here’s what you need to know about this sugar that will negatively impact your keto diet and your health.

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Understanding Maltodextrin as a Sugar

What Is Maltodextrin?

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Maltodextrin is a type of sugar in white powder form made from wheat (gluten), potato starch, rice, or corn (genetically modified organism or GMO). It is worse than regular sugar, and it is a hidden sugar present in many foods, such as salad dressings, gelatin, sauces, pudding, baked goods, baby formula, nutritional bars, diet and protein shakes, Splenda, stevia, soft drinks, candy, vitamins (electrolyte powders), and beer. 

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Maltodextrin's Glycemic Index

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Resistant maltodextrin is a thickener and filler, which makes things have a better texture when it is added. But, it has a high glycemic index of 110, which is very bad for your blood sugar compared to table sugar that is only at 64 in the GI. 

The glycemic index is a ranking or scale of foods that significantly affects your blood sugar levels. So, stay away from high GI foods if you want to avoid weight gain, especially if you're on a keto diet

Now you know what maltodextrin is, you should be careful in purchasing food products and check food labels or the ingredients in your foods and beverages. Avoiding this sugar helps you lose weight effectively and keeps you on track in achieving your body goals.

Have you thought of ways to avoid maltodextrin in your foods? Tell us in the comments section below!

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