The Hidden Carb: Maltodextrin – More Dangerous than Sugar?

The video discusses the dangers of a carbohydrate called maltodextrin. Although not sweet, it behaves like sugar in the body, causing belly fat, diabetes, and gut inflammation. It has a higher glycemic index than table sugar and is found in many processed foods and drinks. Maltodextrin is often used as a filler and can be labeled as zero carbs even though it can contain significant amounts. It is highly processed and lacks essential vitamins and minerals. It also may contain harmful chemicals like glyphosate. The video encourages viewers to read food labels and avoid products containing maltodextrin for better health and weight loss.

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  • Maltodextrin is a carbohydrate that is more dangerous than actual sugar, causing belly fat, diabetes, and gut inflammation.
  • It behaves like sugar and has a higher glycemic index than glucose and table sugar.
  • Maltodextrin is found in various processed foods, including chips, crackers, bread, pasta, cereals, infant formulas, dressings, light beer, energy drinks, and protein powders.
  • The food industry uses a serving size loophole to make it seem like these products have zero carbohydrates.
  • Maltodextrin is also used as a filler in condiments, flavorings, seasoning mixes, and supplements.
  • It can be legally classified as sugar-free, even though it behaves like sugar.
  • Maltodextrin is a highly processed ingredient derived from GMO corn, refined through hydrolysis, and lacks essential nutrients found in natural starches.
  • Consuming maltodextrin spikes blood sugar levels more than actual sugar, leading to gut inflammation, gas, bloating, and an imbalanced microbiome.
  • It may contribute to leaky gut, over-fermentation in the gut, and exposure to glyphosate, an herbicide present in processed corn and wheat.
  • The two loopholes maltodextrin exploits are being classified as a zero-carb ingredient and being generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by industry rather than FDA approval.
  • It is important to read labels and avoid foods containing maltodextrin or any related ingredients, such as corn starch, food starch, glucose syrup, or corn syrup.
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There’s a carbohydrate more deadly and dangerous than actual sugar that you need to know about. Unfortunately, you have probably been consuming this carb for a long time without even knowing it. It causes belly fat, diabetes, and gut inflammation, even though it’s considered safe. How could that be? This carbohydrate is not sweet like sugar, but it behaves like sugar and even worse on the glycemic index.

On the glycemic index, table sugar is rated at 65, while glucose is rated at 100. But there is a carbohydrate that goes above glucose, ranging from 110 to 136. Can you guess what it is? It is found in chips, crackers, bread, pasta, cereals, infant formulas, soups, dressings, light beer, energy drinks, and many sports products. It’s also used in protein powders and artificial sweeteners. In fact, many sugar-free products for diabetics contain this carbohydrate.

This carbohydrate is called maltodextrin, and it is often labeled as dextrin, modified food starch, glucose syrup, corn syrup, or other similar names. It is a highly processed ingredient that starts with GMO corn, undergoes hydrolysis (a process that breaks down starch into glucose molecules), and is refined. Although it can legally be labeled as a zero-carb ingredient with less than 5 grams per serving, it spikes blood sugar more than actual sugar and causes gut inflammation, gas, bloating, and disruption of the microbiome.

Maltodextrin is a filler, commonly used in seasoning mixes, condiments, flavorings, supplements, and nutritional products. It is considered one of the worst ultra-processed food ingredients because of its negative effects on health. It has loopholes that allow it to be classified as safe and zero-carb, bypassing FDA regulation. Multiple products contain maltodextrin, making it essential to read labels and avoid this harmful carbohydrate if you want to lose weight or maintain good health.

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