What Is Maltodextrin?


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Maltodextrin is a food additive that is a polysaccharide. This product is included in snacks, fruits, salad dressings, sauces and cereal. It is produced from starch through partial hydrolysis and can be found as white hygroscopic powder.

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Maltodextrin is used as a filler or thickener in processed foods, including beer, sugar substitutes and light peanut butter. It is also used as a binding agent in pharmaceuticals. Maltodextrin contains four calories per gram, but it has a high glycemic index. Maltodextrin is easily digested and absorbed. It does not taste as sweet as table sugar because of its complex chemical structure.

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