Maltitol is a sugar substitute that was first created in Japan in the late 1960s. It has been approved by the FDA and EFSA for use as a food additive, meaning it can be used to sweeten products like baked goods and candy.
What Is Maltitol And why It Has A Laxative Effect
Maltitol is also known as E965 or maltitol, and it’s often listed on labels under names like “maltidextrin.” So why does Maltitol have laxative effects? There are three factors at play:
– Maltodextrin provides bulk from starches but not sugars;
– Maltodextrin is poorly absorbed;
– Maltodextrin contains polyols which stimulate fluid secretion by osmosis and promotes fermentation of bacteria in the colon.
Maltodextrin is a glucose polymer made from corn, potato, or wheat starch that provides bulk by virtue of its large molecular size but doesn’t provide any sugars for the bacteria to feed on like fructose does.
Maltodextrin is poorly absorbed which means it can pass through your digestive tract unchanged because they are too big so there’s nothing available for bacterial action; this leads to more liquid being secreted out into the intestines promoting diarrhea-like effects.
Maltodextrins also contain polyols (sugar alcohols) such as sorbitol and maltitol which stimulate fluid secretion under osmosis – meaning fluids move from an area with high concentration towards one with low concentration. Maltitol is a sugar alcohol (a type of artificial sweetener) that can be used in place of other sugars for people with diabetes or who are looking to reduce their glycemic index.
A laxative effect on the body occurs when more liquid moves through your intestines, causing an increase in stool size and water content which leads to softer stools.
Maltodextrin has been shown to have faster transit time than fructose, but it doesn’t provide any calories so you won’t feel as full after eating foods containing maltodextrin. It also tastes like regular food because it’s not acidic unlike sorbitol; this means that some diabetic patients may enjoy using maltodextrins instead of adding sweetness.
Is Maltitol a laxative?
No, Maltitol is not a laxative . Maltitol is used as an artificial sweetener and to improve the texture of foods.