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J Am Coll Nutr. 2018 Oct 23:1-6. doi: 10.1080/07315724.2018.1523028. [Epub ahead of print]

Resistant Maltodextrin and Metabolic Syndrome: A Review.

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a Nutrition and Dietetics Department, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences , Chulalongkorn University , Bangkok , Thailand.


Resistant maltodextrin is a non-viscous dietary fiber that is fermentable in the colon by colonic bacteria. The objective of this review is to summarize the studies of resistant maltodextrin and its effect on metabolic profile, such as blood glucose, lipid profile, and body weight. Several studies support the idea that resistant maltodextrin may improve blood glucose, insulin sensitivity, lipid profile, and obesity. However, the use of resistant maltodextrin should be limited to minimize the adverse effect on the gastrointestinal system. This review provides information regarding the benefits of resistant maltodextrin on metabolic health as well as its proposed mechanism to enhance the knowledge of this novel fiber. Key teaching points Resistant maltodextrin is a novel non-viscous dietary fiber classified as resistant starch type V that is produced by debranching of the starch structure. Resistant maltodextrin is fermentable in the colon and thus produces short-chain fatty acid. Resistant maltodextrin helps to maintain blood and lipid profiles as well as promote satiety and reducing food intake. High intake of resistant maltodextrin may cause gastrointestinal discomfort due to the gas production and increased osmotic pressure.


Resistant maltodextrin; SCFA; dietary fiber; fermentable fiber; metabolic syndrome

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