MALTODEXTRIN IS A PLANT CARBOHYDRATE DERIVED FROM PLANTS
It’s processed from starches from corn, potatoes, or rice. After the starch is cooked off, enzymes are used to extract the maltodextrin. It’s used as a sweetener and a thickener in baby formulas, even some organic formulas.
Even though it’s a highly processed food additive, it still appears in some European (and most American) organic food brands. That’s because the initial food product, the plants, are grown organically and the process doesn’t use any harsh chemicals, just enzymes to break down the starch molecules.
Some parents object to the fact that it’s a processed product, while others are concerned about maltodextrin's high-glycemic index. In large quantities, maltodextrin can cause a significant sugar spike.
In reality, there’s a minimal quantity of maltodextrin in a serving of baby formula. It’s also not the only sweetener in the formula. Most formulas contain lactose, the same sweetener that’s in breast milk. Both can cause a sugar spike in the bloodstream.
MALTODEXTRIN, SINCE IT’S A SHORT CHAIN CARBOHYDRATE, IS EASILY DIGESTED, TENDS TO NOT CAUSE DIGESTIVE DISTRESS, AND IS WELL PROCESSED BY THE BODY
There is a great deal of information on the internet about the toxicity of maltodextrin. Most of it is simply incorrect. Both the European FDA and the US FDA have approved it as a safe ingredient in the food.
Maltodextrin is a non-toxic and organic ingredient in some formulas we sell. There’s no evidence that it’s harmful, except a potential blood sugar spike. That’s why you’ll find it in our organic formulas and we feel, as the manufacturers do, that it’s safe for babies.
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