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Jan 15, 2018

What's the Deal With Maltodextrin?

So I noticed that in my new Advocate Spark (I love the grape) that it included Matlodextrin. Then I looked at their really yummy Chocolate protein drink. What did I find? You guessed it Maltodextrin. At first, I thought Advocare was trying to fool me (the box of Spark shows "Sugar-free." Then I looked at the awesome low priced Chocolate Wehy Protein from Equate (which is also delicious). What did I find? You guessed it Matlodextrin. Lastly, I pulled out some drinks from Slimgenics that I used to consume. There it was again. Maltodextrin.

So I asked, "Uncle Google" and here is what I found

If you’re trying to lose weight, you will want to avoid maltodextrin. It’s essentially a sweetener and a carbohydrate with no nutritional value, and it causes an increase in blood sugar. The levels of sugar in maltodextrin can lead to weight gain.  -

Maltodextrin is a food ingredient made from starch. It is used as a flavor carrier and to improve thickness, texture, body, and taste of food products. Maltodextrin is a polymer that consists of multiple units of glucose linked together in a linear fashion. Maltodextrin is commercially made starting with a simple starch and using the hydrolysis process. It is also a main ingredient in the brand-name sugar substitute Splenda

it is controversial as it is often made from corn, and most corn is genetically modified, this Maltodextrin is GMO based. There are no known GMO versions available. A controversy has started on the internet about maltodextrin causing a spike in blood sugar. But maltodextrin is seldom used by itself as a food, but rather as an ingredient in a food, thus this isn’t a serious concern.  - Go Clean Label

According to

"The Center for Science in the Public Interest has recognized maltodextrin as safe and fructose as an additive to cut back on in the diet. Experts agree that sugar, no matter the form, should comprise no more than 10 percent of total caloric intake. Most Americans get double this recommendation." Source

For me, it just seems like every form of sugar isn't for you and this may show as a carb instead of sugar in your food tracking. It seems wherever they pull out sugar, they just replace it with a substitute.

21 Ways To Lose Weight

  1. Forcast Your Meal, and eliminate the question, "What's for Dinner?"
  2. Rein in your sweet tooth
  3. Once a day eat a salad
  4. Sit down when you eat
  5. Find a workout buddy
  6. Exercise even when you don't feel like it
  7. Hope on a scale once a week
  8. Get to bed at a decent hour
  9. Rish, shine and eat
  10. Don't rely on willpower
  11. Track your steps, but watch your feed
  12. Cut back on TV time
  13. Double down on Produce
  14. Reorganize your fridge
  15. Watch the booze
  16. Think: Fast, slow, repeat.
  17. Stop sipping your calories
  18. Make friends with free weights
  19. Try a new exercise
  20. Do lunch like the Japanese
  21. Learn how to relax about food.

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