What is Maltodextrin?
Maltodextrin is made from starch sources like wheat, corn, potatoes, and rice. It’s used as a filler and preservative in processed foods. You’ll find maltodextrin in common products like candy puddings, pie fillings, beer, bottled and canned beverages, low-calorie foods, and prepackaged chips.
Maltodextrin has an extremely high glycemic index. It clocks in at over 100 on the glycemic index, which is more than sugar. This will spike your blood sugar and kick you out of ketosis—hurting all of your hard work on the ketogenic diet. Maltodextrin turns to sugar faster than sugar turns to sugar.
Possible Side Effects From Ingesting Maltodextrin?
It can spike insulin levels, blood sugar levels, stop ketosis, and cause digestive issues.
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