499.Maltodextrin Moderated discussion and help for gluten free, coeliac, celiac, wheat allergies or intolerance, Cookery and recipes part 2

Re Maltodextrin: from kim on 2006-03-17

is it bad for childens teeth as it an ingredient in one type of rice milk i buy?

Re Maltodextrin: from carole henry on 2006-04-05

does maltodextrin contains gluten

Re: Maltodextrin: from Susan on 2007-04-27

I ran across this group on the web. I do not have celiac disease. I am a healthy 50 y/o woman encountering increasing numbers of food allergies. Maltodextrin is being added into a significant amount of foods, seemingly those that are not eliminated from my food allergy diet to further decrease my cache of foods I can eat. I developed severe diarrhea and flatulance and traced it to maltodextrin. I now have eliminated maltodextrin from my diet some 6 months or so, with a resumption of symptoms if I eat something containing maltodextrin. I am not allergic to corn nor wheat. My known food allergies/sensitivities are presently dairy products (allergy and lactose intolerance) and yeast breads (which cause an asthmatic bronchitis). I have run across quite a few other individual testimonies on the internet relating the same reaction to maltodextrin. My physician does not yet have any information for me regarding this. I have a similar extreme reaction to malitol.

Re: is Maltodextrine also Malt: from Laura on 2007-07-05

Thanks you for your message board. It is very helpful.

Can you tell me if Maltodextrin is the same thing as Malt? I find it in my iced tea. And, is cola a product that should be avoided.



Another point that I am confused about: Do people with Celiacs tend to be over- or underweight prior to diagnoses. I would have thought that the IBS symthoms would cause weight loss, however, a friend was telling me that if I truly had Celiacs, I would be overweight as a result of being unable to process the flour. This does not make sense to me because white flour products tend to fly through my system... practically undigested.



Thanks!

-Laura

Re: Maltodextrin: from Dawn on 2007-07-12

I have the same reaction to Maltodextrin that Susan has. It's horrible and it's popping up in more an more foods. I went to natural foods, but because it's made from corn, it is appearing in more and more natural foods too. My best advice is to write letters to the peopel who make the products and let them know that this stuff is making you sick. For every letter they get hey can assume their are a dozen or so more people who didn't bother to write. If they get enough complaints maybe they'll go back to a more basic recipe and eliminate this junk form their ingredients.

Re: Maltodextrin: from Veronica Hughes on 2007-07-30

I am another sufferer from this hideous reaction to maltodextrin, with excruciating abdominal cramps then terrible diarrhoea. In Europe they are using it in more and more foods for people with allergies, including gluten free and dairy free foods, which is a disaster for me as I am already allergic to a lot of other foods. If you search the Internet for manufacturers of food additives, they all seem to be in Asia. Maltodextrin in particular seems to be mainly exported from China. Could they be producing a contaminated product? There have been a lot of scandals where I live (Italy) concerning toxic foods and toiletries from China, where hygiene and other regulations are usually regarded as a joke. Maltodextrin is manufactured by breaking down starch using enzymes or bacteria, including E coli and other types of bacteria which are known to cause very severe food poisoning; once the starch is broken down to sugar, these bacteria are supposedly inactivated by heat treatment. What if this heating treatment is botched? When maltodextrin is sold wholesale, the quantity of E coli remaining in the product is stated to prove that it is acceptably low - isn't that disgusting? I cannot really believe it is legal for something manufactured in such a repulsive way (just because it is cheaper than real sugar) to be put into food, including baby food - yes, my baby is allergic to dairy products and the only formula milk available for him contains maltodextrin.

If anyone else finds more information on this, plese share it on this website.

I will post more info if I manage to find out anything else of interest.

Re: Maltodextrin: from Veronica Hughes on 2007-07-30

I am another sufferer from this hideous reaction to maltodextrin, with excruciating abdominal cramps then terrible diarrhoea. In Europe they are using it in more and more foods for people with allergies, including gluten free and dairy free foods, which is a disaster for me as I am already allergic to a lot of other foods. If you search the Internet for manufacturers of food additives, they all seem to be in Asia. Maltodextrin in particular seems to be mainly exported from China. Could they be producing a contaminated product? There have been a lot of scandals where I live (Italy) concerning toxic foods and toiletries from China, where hygiene and other regulations are usually regarded as a joke. Maltodextrin is manufactured by breaking down starch using enzymes or bacteria, including E coli and other types of bacteria which are known to cause very severe food poisoning; once the starch is broken down to sugar, these bacteria are supposedly inactivated by heat treatment. What if this heating treatment is botched? When maltodextrin is sold wholesale, the quantity of E coli remaining in the product is stated to prove that it is acceptably low - isn't that disgusting? I cannot really believe it is legal for something manufactured in such a repulsive way (just because it is cheaper than real sugar) to be put into food, including baby food - yes, my baby is allergic to dairy products and the only formula milk available for him contains maltodextrin.

If anyone else finds more information on this, plese share it on this website.

I will post more info if I manage to find out anything else of interest.

Re: Maltodextrin: from Sandra on 2008-04-19

Hi Susan,



I also have and intolerance to maltodextrin. I learned this myself several years ago. I get stomach pains very soon after eating something, and the pain continues for several hours and takes about 24 hours to fully recover.



I have since discovered that splenda is made with maltodextrin and another problem I have is with sorbitol. I will have to evaluate malitol as well to see. I have a few other ingredients lists I have kept that I know have caused problems. Because of that list - I discovered sorbitol and have since confirmed it.



If I have maltodextrin by accident (I know because of symptoms then check labels of what I ate and sure enough - it will be maltodextrin!), I take an enzyme pill and that helps to relieve the symptoms greatly. Enzyme pills can be found in any pharmacy/drug area over the counter. It is similar to the pills that are available for the lactose intolerance - but made for other purposes, such as enzymes to break down carbohydrates, or etc. I keep these on hand and find them very important. The one that works the best for me is the papaya enzymes.



Like you, I do not have a problem with corn.



Congrats on your research and discovering your answers

Re: Maltodextrin: from taylor on 2008-05-18

I started a diet about one year ago and started eating frozen meals and 100 calorie package snacks. After completing one of these snacks I experienced a serious reaction. I had diarrhea, nausea, palpitations and a sense of impending doom. Really thought I was going to die. After going through a process of elimination I learned it was maltodextrin that caused my reaction. One allergist I consulted told me there was no possible way that the maltodextrin caused my reaction. Another allergist believed me and gave me an Epipen to use in case of an emergency but admitted to not knowing anything about it.

Since having eliminated this from my diet, I am a new person. Frustrated though at seeing how many foods contain this ingredient and how unknown the dangers of this substance really are

Re: is Maltodextrine also Malt: from Louise McNamara on 2008-06-16

Maltodextrin although from a gluten containing ingredient is supposed to be so processed that it can be considered gluten free. But I think it depends on how tolerant you are. I know I have problems if I eat/drink anything with this kind of ingredient.



Also most coeliacs are underweight before diagnosis, due to the damage in the gut so you can't absorb food properly and the food just passes on through. I know I am only starting to put on a bit of weight again several months after being diagnosed.



hope this helps



Louise