|Maltodextrins are easily digestible carbohydrates made from natural corn starch. The starch is cooked, and then acid and/or enzymes are used to break the starch into smaller polymers. This process is similar to that used by the body to digest carbohydrates.
Maltodextrins are generally sold as dried powders.
Maltodextrins are polymers of dextrose. They are sometimes labeled "glucose polymers."
Maltodextrins do not contain significant quantities of protein, fat or fiber.
Maltodextrins are not produced from and do not contain malt products.
Corn-based maltodextrins are safe for patients with celiac disease since they do not contain proteins from wheat, barley, oats or rye.
Maltodextrins are excellent solids builders for standard and low-fat products. They are effective spray-drying aids for flavors, fruit juices, and other hard-to-dry products. They also are easily digestible carbohydrates for nutritional beverages.
According to all available information about maltodextrin, we found the following standard claims:
- Is easily digestible
- Is a convenient source of energy
- Contains approximately 4 calories per gram
- Is cold-water soluble
- Has low or no sweetness