What are Maltodextrins?
Maltodextrins are plant-based ingredients made from natural agricultural crops such as wheat, potatoes and maize. Maltodextrins are obtained through the partial hydrolysis of starch. This is a process that uses water and enzymes - much like those find in the human digestive process - to break down molecule-chains into slightly shorter chains of molecules, which are then dried to form a powder. This process makes starch soluble.
The slightly shorter chains makes for less digestive work once ingested, making Maltodextrins simpler for the body to process. This makes Maltodextrins ideally suited for baby- and infant foods.
Maltodextrins have a caloric value of 4 kcal/g, and have very little to no sweetening power.
To learn more, read the Maltodextrins page under Spotlight on Ingredients.