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Is Maltodextrin considered an ‘added sugar’?

  • Is Maltodextrin considered an ‘added sugar’?

    It depends.

    Maltodextrin is not inherently sugar. Rather it is a polysaccharide; thus, it does not inherently contribute to the added sugars declaration (although one could argue that because it is easily hydrolyzed in the digestive tract that it ought to, but that is a different conversation). If it is at a higher dextrose equivalent (DE) and adds a sweetness then consider it an added sugar. If it is at a lower dextrose equivalent and added as a starch then it does not contribute to the total sugar.

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