Debatable Keto Ingredient

What are Dextrins?

Dextrins are a category that includes several different carbohydrate strains that are produced by the hydrolysis of starch. Hydrolysis is a process that uses water to break down molecules into smaller molecules. You take a long strain of sugars (a starch) and break it down by adding water, and the smaller resulting strains are known as dextrins. White dextrins alone are used in the food industry and are a high source of soluble fiber. These white dextrins are typically created by a combination of acid and water during hydrolysis. Corn, potatoes, and tapioca are often used as the source.

Keto Status?



There is a lot of conflicting information on Dextrin as a fiber food ingredient. Many say it is bad for ketosis and causes insulin and blood sugar spikes, but others say it actually promotes better blood sugar levels and is linked to several health benefits. We are including several sources below and will let you make your own decision on this one.

Possible Side Effects From Ingesting Dextrin?

May cause blood sugar and insulin to increase. May stop ketosis.

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