Tapioca Dextrin versus maltodextrin

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    I am really frustrated today. I have been enjoying the dehydrated green beans that my health food store makes on site. For some reason, today I noticed a sweet taste to them that I hadn’t noticed before. I assumed it was the natural sugars of the green beans but then I thought I had better re-check the ingredients. Low and behold they have dextrin made from tapioca in them. I am really bummed to think I am inadvertently setting myself back.. I did find a link about tapioca dextrin that seems to approve it.

    Maybe I’m being overly concerned. I haven’t had any intestinal issues that I can feel from the green beans but I sure don’t want to set myself back on purpose.

    Does anyone have any experience regarding dextrin made from tapioca and its effects on candida?

    Here is what I found online:
    Dextrin Increases Health-promoting Digestive Bacteria
    Dextrin is widely understood to increase levels of bacteria lactobacilli which are responsible for increasing your digestive abilities.¹ It helps this bacteria to grow in your colon. As these good bacteria grow they reduce the resources for bad bacteria, causing the levels of bad bacteria in your colon to shrink. Further, as Dextrin ferments it produces ‘short-chain fatty acids’ which promote the health of your intestines.²

    Dextrin Reduces Cholesterol and Fat Cell Levels
    It has also been verified that Dextrin reduces bad cholesterol levels and fat cell size. Let’s discuss bad cholesterol first.

    Dextrin reduces the level of ‘blood triglycerides’ in your bloodstream and something called serum LDLcholesterol – this is a kind of bad cholesterol. But it also retains HDL, the good cholesterol.²

    It is also known to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in the liver.4

    It does this by improving the metabolizing of carbohydrates which lowers cholesterol levels. It lowers LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) but retains the HDL cholesterol (good kind).³

    We also know that Dextrin reduces the level of high-density lipoproteins which the body turns into fat.4 It also reduces blood glucose levels, which indicates that it may help reduce obesity levels. By reducing blood glucose levels it is thought to prevent obesity in some animals and reduce the level of fat in your internal organs.³

    Dextrin Removes Toxins from the Body
    Like many fibers, Dextrin removes toxins from the body.5 Indigestible fiber attaches itself to a variety of toxins in the body (the study specifically tracks its combination with PBC or polychlorinated biphenyls) and excretes them in the form of feces and urine. Fibers are generally known for their ability to clean out the digestive system but we have specific evidence of this to back up common knowledge.

    Dextrin Increases Appetite Satisfaction
    Because we know that Dextrin helps to decrease blood glucose levels and reduce the absorption of fat, we also know that it increases appetite satisfaction. In other words, it helps you to feel full from less food.6 It shares this feature with many other kinds of fiber but without all the same side effects — like an increased level of gas. The particular study cited in this section found that Dextrin ingestion decreases blood glucose levels even thirty minutes after a meal, reducing hunger after eating. It helps the hungriest overweight people in particular.6

    Dextrin Reduces Coronary Heart Disease Risk & Risk of Related Diseases
    Dextrin, as we saw above, reduces blood glucose levels, repels bad cholesterol while keeping good cholesterol and reduces the fat levels in internal organs. For all of these reasons, Dextrin is thought to help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and other related diseases. We know in particular that it aids in reducing cholesterol levels, which directly reduces the risk of heart disease.³

    Dextrin Reduces the Risk of Colon Disease
    Finally, Dextrin reduces the risk of colon disease in several ways. First, it rids the colon of a variety of toxins because it is a fiber. Second, because of its low molecular weight, it passes quickly through the colon and does not linger there. It does not produce as much gas as other fibers because it ferments slowly. And its slow fermentation helps to produce short chain fatty acids which promote good colon health.³ It aids the production of healthy bacteria in the colon, helping to fight various forms of bad bacteria. As the population of good bacteria grows, it reduces the level of bad bacteria.³

    A recent study has shown that Dextrin contains a fiber a ‘resistant starch’ or RS1 which has a ‘low glycemic index’ and reduces the risk of colon disease. It also reduces colon disease risk because it reduces the incidence of Type II diabetes, which is quite bad for the colon.

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