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What is it Wednesday: Maltodextrin

Wow I’m so late putting this post up today.  But better late than never right?  I’m heading into two busy weeks at work, so there may be a few days in the next two weeks when I don’t post at all, or I may be putting up really short posts with some pictures.

Anyway this week the topic of What is it Wednesday is Maltodextrin.  I’ve found that maltodextrin is a fairly common ingredient in packaged food.  It’s even in my antacids.  So what is it exactly?

Maltodextrin is a chain of glucose molecules that’s made from starch.  It can be made from rice, corn, wheat or potato starch.  Like those starches, maltodextrin is considered a carbohydrate.  It can be sweet but supposedly contains fewer calories than sugar.

Since it can be sweet, it seems that maltodextrin is often added to foods as a sweetener.  I feel like I’ve seen it in cereal before.  Wisegeek says it’s also found in instant pudding and gelatin mixes.

It’s definitely a processed food additive, however it is derived from natural sources.  The Center for Science in the Public Interest rates Maltodextrin as safe.

What do you think?  I tend to trust the CSPI’s opinon.  If it’s just boiled down starch then it seems pretty natural (though processed).  At least it’s not an artificial sweetner! 

Sources:
Wisegeek on Maltodextrin
Maltodextrin Wikipedia
CSPI on Maltodextrin
About.com on Maltodextrin

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