malto·​dex·​trin ˌmȯl-tō-ˈdek-strən How to pronounce maltodextrin (audio)
: any of various carbohydrates derived from the partial hydrolysis of starch (as of corn or potatoes) and used in prepared foods especially as a filler and to enhance texture and flavor

Examples of maltodextrin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Check with your healthcare provider before making recipes with maltodextrin. Jillian Kubala, Rd, Health, 1 July 2024 Part of the reason why is because of maltodextrin, an emulsifier that slows down the melting rate of ice cream. Kayla Hui, Verywell Health, 16 May 2024 Navigating Ultra-Processed Food Choices The FAO suggests that a good first step in identifying whether a food is ultra-processed is if the ingredients listed contain items not typically used in kitchen cooking, like maltodextrin and artificial sweeteners. Lauren Manaker Ms, Rdn, Ld, Health, 3 Feb. 2024 Added sugars, such as corn syrup, cane sugar, and high fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin. Emily Shiffer, Women's Health, 28 Mar. 2023 Briogeo’s formula is made with maltodextrin, which is used to lightly coat the hair shaft for instant fullness. Sam Peters, ELLE, 28 Feb. 2023 The third group had a beverage with the artificial sweetener and a tasteless carbohydrate called maltodextrin. N'dea Yancey-Bragg, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2020 To rule out the possibility that the maltodextrin was the cause, researchers performed a follow-up experiment and found no evidence that the carbohydrate alone could alter insulin sensitivity. N'dea Yancey-Bragg, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2020 Soylent’s are made up largely of soy protein, maltodextrin, and sunflower oil. Alex Kuczynski, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Aug. 2019

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Word History


maltose + -o- + dextrin

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of maltodextrin was in 1885

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“Maltodextrin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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