Pure Source Nutrition 100% Pure Maltodextrin
Maltodextrin is a glucose polymer and while technically it is a complex carbohydrate, it also has a very high GI rating (110), which ensures the rapid release of energy. This makes it a good choice for after training or a workout, particularly in combination with whey protein, creatine and amino acids. Maltodextrin is also used as an effective carbohydrate source for weight gain shakes, as the protein and fats help to reduce the glycemic response.
Maltodextrin is a sugar called a polysaccharide, it is therefore surprising that it is classified as a ‘complex’ carbohydrate. It is manufactured from starch and gets its name due to its formation from Maltodextrin polymers of different lengths. Unlike Maltodextrin, it does not taste sweet.
Why Use Maltodextrin?
Although Maltodextrin is technically a complex carbohydrate, it still has a high Glycemic Index (GI) value. In essence this means that it is absorbed into the bloodstream quickly and creates an ‘Insulin Spike’. This insulin spike is useful for shuttling important nutrients such as Creatine, Amino Acids and Protein to the muscle cells where they can be utilised. Maltodextrin however has a higher GI value, meaning it is absorbed even faster, so to this extent is preferred over Maltodextrin as both a pre-exercise and post-exercise carbohydrate source. Nevertheless recent studies have suggested that a combination of Maltodextrin and Maltodextrin combined with a quality Whey Protein or Whey Protein Isolate, would be the ideal post-exercise beverage.
The main benefit of Maltodextrin is its use as a weight-gain tool, hence why you will find it as one of the main ingredients in ‘off the shelf’ weight gain formulations. Although it is a high GI carbohydrate, the GI scale is only relevant to ingredients tested in isolation. When combined with other nutrients such as protein and fats, the GI of Maltodextrin reduces significantly, meaning that the insulin spike takes place over a longer period of time. In essence, the inclusion of Maltodextrin in weight gain formulas allows the important nutrients such as protein to be delivered to muscle cells gradually rather than all at once.
Creating your own weight-gainer is the best and most cost-effective way of gaining weight. If you plan to do this then make sure Pure Source Nutrition Maltodextrin is included. It is a great source of calories, digests easily and mixes instantly.
- High GI Carbohydrate
- Great Source of Energy
- Rapidly Replenish Glycogen Stores
100% Pure Maltodextrin
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When and How to Use
For optimum results use 2-3 servings of Pure Source Nutrition Maltodextrin daily. Ideally consume any time during the day or as post workout drink.
As a pre-exercise supplement we would recommend consuming approximately 25-50g of Maltodextrin. During exercise its use is optional, but if you are adding it to a beverage we would suggest a figure in the region of 15-20g, to be consumed gradually throughout your exercise period. As a post-exercise supplement we would recommend immediately consuming approximately 50-75g of Maltodextrin.