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Unveiling the Impact of Maltodextrin: A Closer Look at Hidden Health Risks

November 13, 20231 min read

Maltodextrin, commonly found in processed foods, is not as innocent as it may seem. This ingredient, known for increasing the growth of E. Coli bacteria linked to autoimmune disorders like Crohn's disease, poses various health risks.

Here's a concise breakdown of the key concerns:

  1. Autoimmune Impact:

    • Associated with the growth of E. Coli bacteria, contributing to autoimmune disorders like Crohn's disease.

  2. Blood Sugar Spike:

    • High glycemic nature leads to a rapid spike in blood sugar levels.

  3. Probiotic Suppression:

    • Suppresses the growth of probiotics, weakening the immune system and increasing susceptibility to disease.

  4. Nutritional Void:

    • As a sweetener and carbohydrate, maltodextrin offers no nutritional value.

  5. Diabetes Risk:

    • High glycemic index, particularly risky for those with diabetes or a genetic predisposition to the condition.

Be vigilant when checking ingredient lists, especially in these commonly maltodextrin-laden packaged foods:

  • Pasta

  • Rice

  • Sugar drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks

  • Soups

  • Frozen meals

  • Salad dressings

  • Baked goods

  • Meat substitutes

  • Peanut butter

  • Baby formulas

  • Gravy

  • Candy and some chocolates

  • Spice blends

  • Weight training supplements

  • Low-calorie foods

  • Chips

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Brandon Drake

Brandon, the VP of Business Development at LabSmarts, empowers practitioners with bio-individualized blood work interpretation software, enhancing accuracy and efficiency in analysis while preserving personalized healthcare philosophies for optimal patient care. Brandon also works as Business Development Consultant at a leading CRM company. His role involves fostering partnerships with individuals and organizations keen on optimizing their operational processes and elevating customer and prospect interactions. The overarching objective is to catalyze business growth. Brandon’s approach centers on in-depth comprehension of your unique business landscape, objectives, and pain points. This enables him to discern how his company’s CRM technology can effectively resolve your specific challenges. His foremost aim is to empower customers to harness the full potential of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions, thereby streamlining operations, enhancing efficiency, and fostering growth, all while maintaining the human touch in the digital age. Brandon Drake

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