High Sugar Diet Side Effects

As it turns out, a calorie from sugar may not be the same as a calorie from fat or protein. High sugar diets may contribute more to obesity than higher-fat, low carbohydrate diets, especially when it comes to maintaining weight loss after dieting, according to a recent study published in The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA). What is maltodextrin’s role in obesity and weight gain? While the study doesn’t specifically address maltodextrin side effects or carbohydrate intolerance or malabsorption, it does examine the effect of a high-carbohydrate (high sugar) diet on calorie expenditure and weight loss. Maltodextrin is a type of carbohydrate with a high glycemic index. Although it is technically a complex carbohydrate, it is quickly digested and broken down into glucose. It’s effects are more like that of a simple sugar than a complex carbohydrate, leading to spikes in blood sugar levels and potential weight gain. Evidence is mounting that excessive sugar consumption is the primary culprit in weight gain, obesity and a host of related chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. It has also been suggested that sugar may be more addictive than cocaine. **Are you ready to reduce processed sugar and empty carbohydrate intake? Try an alternative to the Standard American Diet (SAD) way of eating. Click here for more information.** Side effects of maltodextrin and other sugars make weight loss more difficult. For most people, the side effects of maltodextrin are the same as those of sugar in general, including the stimulation of the secretion of insulin, a hormone that has a number of functions, one of which is to increase the storage of fat in the body’s fat cells. One of the challenging things about maltodextrin, is that people often consume it without being aware of it. It is commonly added to processed foods, and the nutrition information on the label usually classifies it as a complex carbohydrate rather than a sugar, even though it’s effects on the body are more like that of a simple sugar. The JAMA Study The design of the JAMA study is unique. Dr. David Ludwig and his research team put obese subjects on a semi-starvation diet until they had lost between 10 to 15 percent of the their body weight. This simulated the weight loss seen during intense dieting—the kind of weight loss that is especially hard to maintain because it causes metabolic adaptations including reduced calorie burning for energy. In other words, people who have reached a particular weight by dieting burn fewer calories for energy than those who are the same weight naturally. The researchers measured how many calories each of these weight loss subjects were expending and fed them exactly that number of calories, but rotated the subjects through three different types of diets. Each type of diet contained the same number of calories, but had very different nutrient compositions. The subjects were rotated through all three types of diets, so every person was exposed to each diet for one month, while their […] Read more »

Maltodextrin Side Effects

Maltodextrin is a sugar, specifically a polysaccharide that breaks down into glucose as it is digested, and so the most widespread maltodextrin side effects are the same as those associated with excessive sugar consumption, such as weight gain, obesity, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. While maltodextrin consumption doesn’t cause these health problems by itself, it’s presence in the food we eat can contribute to them. Sugar consumption is at an all-time high in the standard American diet, and is increasing in other parts of the world as well. The addition of maltodextrin to processed foods is just one more way that additional sugar enters ours diets. Individuals with diabetes, celiac disease, or allergies to particular starches should be wary regarding their consumption of maltodextrin. Dangers include insulin spikes and possible reactions to gluten or other substances that could be present in minute amounts in the food additive. If you have any of these ailments, it’s generally a good idea to avoid eating processed foods altogether. There are many anecdotal reports online and elsewhere of people experiencing maltodextrin side effects, however, there are no peer-reviewed studies that specifically confirm maltodextrin intolerance or malabsorption. Since maltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate made up of chains of glucose, these people may be experiencing some type of carbohydrate intolerance or malabsorption, either of maltodextrin itself or of other carbohydrates, such as sorbitol, fructose, raffinose, or galactose, which can often be found in the same processed foods as maltodextrin. Carbohydrate intolerance or malabsorption is common in infants and young children, but many adults also experience carbohydrate intolerance, with acquired lactose intolerance being the most common. In any case, the symptoms experienced by those reporting side effects of maltodextrin consumption are similar to those of most carbohydrate intolerances and include.: Upset stomach Diarrhea Vomiting Hives Rashes Asthma These types of reactions directly to maltodextrin are rare, and if you experience them, consult a qualified healthcare practitioner. Perhaps the most common dangers are not in the consumption of maltodextrin itself, but in eating the kinds of foods that often contain it. Maltodextrin is added to a wide variety of processed foods as discussed in the article What is Maltodextrin? Basics, including many so-called health and diet foods. You will also find it on the list of ingredients in most “junk” foods, along with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and salt. As a food additive, pure maltodextrin is designated “Generally Recognized as Safe,” by the FDA. You often see this designation abbreviated as GRAS. However, GRAS does not mean that maltodextrin is a healthy, nutritional addition to our food. The easiest way to avoid any possible maltodextrin side effects is to eat a balanced diet of whole foods while avoiding any processed foods or artificial sugar substitutes. Read more »