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MALTODEXTRIN

Maltodextrin

Elaine writes:
Maltodextrin is interesting and is one of the molecules I am really interested in. It is a byproduct of corn hydrolysis (breaking down of corn starch) and it contains the isomaltose unit about which I write in my book. I am dead set against adding a maltodextrin molecule containing isomaltose-linked- glucose units. Maltodextrin is sugar.

To another listmember, Elaine writes:
Maltodextrin is not legal - it is the worst of the small molecules of sugars. It is a very short chain of glucose molecules (derived from starch) which has a link of two glucose units bonded by what is called a 1-6 alpha bond. The chances of digestion are practically nil. It therefore will feed bacteria and because of its particular structure, I feel it is worse than even lactose. If you look at the amylopectin molecule in my book (pgs 29 and 30), every place you see a branch formation, it is because of the 1-6 bond of glucose molecules.

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