Maltodextrin - energy from the starch
Maltodextrin combines a carbohydrate matrix of short-, medium- and long-chain carbohydrates, which are obtained from starch, the so-called hydrolysis process. It is characterized by a neutral taste and a very good solubility. The maltodextrin has a high glycemic index. This value describes the effect of carbohydrate-containing foods on blood sugar levels. The higher the glycemic index, the more the blood sugar level rises when consuming XY. At the same time it has a low osmolarity, which means that water is hardly bound to the molecule. As a result, drinks that contain a lot of maltodextrin will continue to be pleasantly fluid and will not stick. Thus, in comparison to other carbohydrate sources, blood sugar spikes are prevented. Blood sugar peaks are characterized by a short power high with a subsequent power loss to the bottomless. Both in sports and in everyday life at the job or the university you want to protect yourself from performance dips. Maltodextrin, on the other hand, provides a slow, steady increase in blood sugar levels, which in turn promotes controlled insulin secretion and promotes insulin sensitivity. The neutral taste is also ensured that drinks are not too sweet, despite the enrichment with carbohydrates. The fields of application of maltodextrin are many. Athletes in the field of fitness and bodybuilding use it mainly in combination with a whey protein in their post workout shake. Above all, they want to take advantage of the properties of short-chain carbohydrates in maltodextrin. These provide a higher blood sugar increase than a pure whey protein shake. The short-chain carbohydrates not only replenish the energy stores, but also the protein gets into the muscles faster after training. In bodybuilding, maltodextrin is always a major component of so-called weight gainers. Products containing both high levels of carbohydrates and protein to assist the athlete in gaining weight. Even endurance athletes know and use the advantages of maltodextrin. However, it is mainly supplemented there before and during exercise to ensure energy supply to the body during strenuous periods of endurance.