Polydextrose

Polydextrose
Tags: Microbiome Aids,Gastrointestinal Aids,Stabilizers,Thickeners,
  • Definition

    Polydextrose is an indigestible polymer of glucose made from dextrose, sorbitol, and citric acid. It is used as a thickener, stabilizer, thickening agent, and low-calorie replacement for sugar, starch, or fat.

  • Health considerations

    Polydextrose is classified as a soluble fiber and has approximately 1 calorie per gram. This makes it useful in the food industry to increase fiber content and reduce caloric content of foods, while acting as a replacement for sugar, fat, flour, or starch. Polydextrose is considered to promote growth of gut flora, and has a laxative effect like other fibers.

  • Keep in mind

    There is limited evidence of polydextrose having the same long term benefits as fibers from whole foods.

  • May be found in

    Baked goods, beverages, chocolate, confectionery, cereal products, dairy products, nutrition bars, sugar-free applications

  • References

    Danisco
    Nutrition Review