Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
January 15, 2001
Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Question from Brazil:
What exactly is maltodextrin? Is it a natural product and how is it produced? Does it affect blood sugar levels?
Maltodextrin is a nutritive (meaning it has calories) sweetener processed from cornstarch. It is used in many food products. It has the same calorie content as any other pure carbohydrate: 4 calories per gram. It does, indeed, raise blood sugar since it has a glycemic index almost identical to that of pure glucose. As a point of reference, it has the ability to raise blood sugar much higher and more quickly than equal amounts of either table sugar or white bread.
Glad to see you’re reading those food labels!