Answers to questions about what Maltodextrin is, what Maltodextrin is not, and why NuNaturals uses Maltodextrin as an ingredient in our NuStevia White Stevia Powder.
Is Maltodextrin a sugar?
Maltodextrin is a simple carbohydrate, it is not a sugar.
What is Maltodextrin?
Maltodextrin is a flavorless powdered carbohydrate. It is 99.96% carbohydrate and .04% sugar.
How much sugar is .04%?
The .04% sugar in maltodextrin is equivalent to 32 milligrams (mg).
How many milligrams(mg) of sugar are in 2 teaspoons table sugar (sucrose)?
There are 8,000mg of sugar in 2 tsp. of table sugar (sucrose). This is 250 times the amount of sugar in 1 serving of NuStevia White Stevia Powder.
Where does Maltodextrin come from?
The maltodextrin NuNaturals uses in White Stevia Powder is made from IP-Certified Non-GMO corn.
Why does NuNaturals use Maltodextrin in its NuStevia White Stevia Powder?
Maltodextrin is tasteless and therefore perfect as a flowing agent in our NuStevia White Stevia Powder.
Maltodextrin dissolves quickly in hot or cold liquids.
Maltodextrin does not harden in packets and bottles.
Maltodextrin will not cause digestive problems.
Why does NuNaturals need a flowing agent in the NuStevia White Stevia Powder?
NuNaturals Stevia Extract (NuStevia) is so extremely concentrated that 1/32 tsp. is equal to 1 serving in a packet. We add Maltodextrin to help the Stevia flow smoothly out of the packet. Maltodextrin also allows the Stevia to be more easily measured.
Is Maltodextrin safe for diabetics even though it is high on the Glycemic Index of food?
The American Diabetes Association (ADA), in its recently released nutritional guidelines, concludes that the Glycemic Index is not an appropriate guide for people with diabetes. ADA's experts scrutinized existing research studies on the effects of high GI diets versus low GI diets in people with type-2 diabetes. They found that a high GI diet had no adverse effect on measures of blood glucose or cholesterol. They also found that a low GI diet provided no convincing evidence of long-term benefit. These findings led to the ADA's conclusion that the total amount of carbohydrates eaten, rather than the type, determines the blood sugar response. In your meal planning and eating habits, it is OK to include a variety of carbohydrates so long as they are part of a balanced and varied meal. The important thing is to count all carbohydrates in your daily allotment.
The actual glycemic index for Maltodextrin (110) is high. Dr. Allen, who heads the Glycemic Index Institute (the group who first developed the glycemic index) has told us that amount of Maltodextrin in a serving of NuStevia White Stevia (less than a gram) will not affect blood sugar levels significantly. The glycemic load of 1 stevia packet is 0.9. You would need a serving size of about 15-20 grams (15-20 packets) to have a significant impact on blood sugar levels. Eating something with protein or fat further reduces the effect of Maltodextrin on blood sugar.
Unless you are using 15-20 packets of our White Stevia as one serving, it should not adversely affect your blood sugar levels. This would be the equivalent taste of a 1/3 cup of sugar at once!