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Applications & Uses of Maltodextrin

04/05/2016 admin

Maltodextrin is a polysaccharide that is used as a food additive. It is produced from starch by partial hydrolysis and is usually found as a whitehygroscopic spray-dried powder. Maltodextrin is easily digestible, being absorbed as rapidly as glucose, and might be either moderately sweet or almost flavorless. It is commonly used for the production of soft drinksand candy. It can also be found as an ingredient in a variety of other processed foods.

 

Maltodextrin Used in Foods & Beverages

Maltodextrin is sometimes used in beer brewing to increase the specific gravity of the final product. This improves the mouthfeel of the beer, increases head retention and reduces the dryness of the drink. Maltodextrin is not fermented by yeast, so it does not increase the alcohol content of the brew. It is also used in some snacks such as potato chips and jerky. It is used in "light" peanut butter to reduce the fat content, but keep the texture. Maltodextrin is also sometimes taken as a supplement in powder form by bodybuilders and other athletes, as it is a quickly digested carbohydrate that supplies the body with enough energy to engage in protein synthesis after workouts.

 

Maltodextrin Used in Other Applications

Maltodextrin is widely used as adhesive in various other industries.

·  As adhesive: in papermaking to improve appearance.

·  As emusifier: in concrete.