Maltodextrin is a type of sugar which is used as a food additive.
When starch from rice is extracted, it is partially hydrolyzed. It means that it is reacted with water, and then dried with a spray, and that is how rice maltodextrin is produced.
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PROPERTIES OF RICE MALTODEXTRIN
- It is a very thinly milled powder
- It can either taste sweet or be tasteless or anything in between; it depends of the polymerization of the product i.e. the longer the chain of saccharides, the sweeter it would taste.
- Its addition does not heavily affect the consistency of the food it is added in.
- It digests as soon as glucose; however it is a quicker source of energy.
- Maltodextrin has a glycemic index ranging from 85 to 105.
- There are no serious biochemical reactions or physiological reactions in the human body affected by rice maltodextrin.
- Rice maltodextrin is gluten-free, hence making a perfect part of gluten-free diet.
USES OF RICE MALTODEXTRIN
USES IN FOOD:
- Potato chips
Rice maltodextrin is used in processed potato chips and potato crisps.
- Thickening agent
Foods can be mildly thickened using the rice maltodextrin which is neutral in taste in order to keep the actual flavor of the food from running.
- Peanut butter
For the production of low in fat peanut butter, flavored rice maltodextrin is used. The end product is called ‘light’ peanut butter.
- Soft drinks
It is used as a sweetener in soft drinks.
- Energy drinks
Rice maltodextrin is also used in energy drinks as it provides instant energy to the human body.
It is used as a sweetener in many desserts.
- Regular sweetener
Since it is gluten-free, rice maltodextrin is used as a regular sweetener by the individuals who have celiac disease.
- It is used in the making of insecticides. It causes asphyxiation in insects, which is the deficient or no supply of enough oxygen to the living being.