[Efficacy of indigestible maltodextrin] Suppression of blood sugar rise? 3 effects of indigestible maltodextrin

[Efficacy of indigestible maltodextrin] Suppression of blood sugar rise? 3 effects of indigestible maltodextrin

Indigestible maltodextrin efficacy
 1. Decreased insulin levels after eating
2. Reduction of abdominal visceral fat
3. Decreases bowel transit time of stool

Hello. This is Jinny, the pharmacist.

Have you ever heard the advice that you should check not only the calories but also the glycemic index (GI) of the food when you are adjusting your diet for weight loss? This is because the high blood sugar after eating causes fat to be stored 

Therefore, today, I would like to introduce an ingredient called 'Indigestible Maltodextrin' , which has great benefits as a diet food by suppressing the rise in blood sugar after meals . Indigestible maltodextrin is a plant-derived dietary fiber obtained by heating corn starch .

In today's paper, we'll look at exactly what benefits it will bring.

1. Decreased insulin levels after eating

Did you know that not only fasting blood sugar but also postprandial blood sugar should be considered when controlling blood sugar? Postprandial blood sugar is the blood sugar level 2 hours after the start of a meal . A normal blood sugar level after eating is 140 mg/dL. If the blood sugar level continues to be high, sugar is oxidized and causes inflammation, so it is important to properly maintain blood sugar levels. If postprandial insulin levels continue to rise, it means that postprandial blood sugar has not decreased that much .

In this regard, a paper published in the European Journal of Nutrition in 2007 reported that insulin levels after meals decreased when indigestible maltodextrin was consumed .

" In a diet stress test involving 13 healthy subjects who consumed 5 g or 10 g of indigestible maltothexrin, indigestible maltothexrin suppressed postprandial increases in blood triacylglycerol, RLP-cholesterol, and insulin in each dose group. "
Reference paper: Kishimoto, Y., Oga, H., Tagami, H., Okuma, K., & Gordon, DT (2007). Suppressive effect of resistant maltodextrin on postprandial blood triacylglycerol elevation. European Journal of Nutrition, 46(3), 133–138.

2. Reduction of abdominal visceral fat 
The reason why people worry about abdominal obesity is probably not just for cosmetic reasons. Excessive accumulation of abdominal fat, especially visceral fat, increases the risk of complications such as hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and cardiovascular disease. Therefore, managing visceral fat type obesity is more important than other parts such as arms, legs, and buttocks.

In this regard, a paper was published in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology in 2020 that studied the correlation between indigestible maltodextrin and abdominal visceral fat .

“ A significant difference was observed between the test and control groups in abdominal visceral fat (VFD), confirming the function of sustained indigestible maltodextrin (RMD) consumption in reducing abdominal visceral fat. "
Reference Paper: KITAGAWA, M., NAKAGAWA, S., SUZUKI, T., KISHIMOTO, Y., KANAHORI, S., HATAKEYAMA, Y., TOMITA, S., & FUKUHARA, I. (2020). Visceral Fat-Reducing Effect and Safety of Continuous Consumption of Beverage Containing Resistant Maltodextrin: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group Clinical Trial. Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, 66(5), 417–426. 
3. Decreases bowel transit time of stool 

What happens when stool takes longer to pass through the large intestine ? The frequency of defecation decreases and the stool becomes excessively hard , making it easier  to become constipated .

A paper published in 2015 included a study showing that indigestible maltodextrin consumption reduced the transit time of stool through the large intestine .

“ Total colonic transit time (CTT), partial colonic transit time (SCTT) remaining, and rectal sigmoid colon SCTT were significantly reduced in the non-digestible maltodextrin (RMD) group, but not in the placebo group, compared to baseline values ​​after intervention. did not "
Reference paper: Abellán Ruiz, MS, Barnuevo Espinosa, MD, Contreras Fernández, CJ, Luque Rubia, AJ, Sánchez Ayllón, F., Aldeguer García, M., García Santamaría, C., & López Román, FJ (2015). Digestion-resistant maltodextrin effects on colonic transit time and stool weight: a randomized controlled clinical study. European Journal of Nutrition, 55(8), 2389–2397.

Today, we looked at the benefits of indigestible maltodextrin with the thesis. In addition, indigestible maltodextrin is not digested in the small intestine and moves to the large intestine, contributing to the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestine . As such , it may also benefit overall gut health . Lastly, it is recommended to take indigestible maltodextrin with plenty of water.

I hope you have a healthy day in body and mind. It was Jinny.

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