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Published : Nov 30, 2018 3 mins read Updated On : Sep 18, 2023

Energy gels are composed of many ingredients. Maltodextrin is one of the ingredient in an energy gel. It is one of the most essential ingredient, as it provides the actual energy that the body needs to keep on functioning & running.


Maltodextrin is basically a polysaccharide that is produced from starch by partial enzymatic hydrolysis of starch. Maltodextrin has a dextrose equivalence of less than 20 which indicates that it has lengthy carbohydrate chains along with 2-3% glucose and 5-7% maltose. It is available in a white hygroscopic spray-dried powder which is slightly sweet or almost flavorless. Similar to dextrose, maltodextrin is a high glycemic index carbohydrate that is mainly used by athletes post workout to basically replenish muscle glycogen levels and kick-start recovery. Although, actually speaking maltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate, unlike dextrose which is a simple carbohydrate. Maltodextrin is quickly digested and broken down into glucose and acts more like a simple sugar and has a glycemic index of 105 since it has such an effect on the blood sugar levels. The U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has accepted maltodextrin as a safe food additive. It is also included in the nutritional value of food as part of the total carbohydrate count.

The body requires carbohydrates to function. For most people, the body burns carbs until they are no longer available and then switch to burning fat. This can cause a lag in energy. Eating carbohydrates earlier on in a long run will allow the body to start burning fat earlier, making the transition from burning carbs to burning fat faster. Since maltodextrin is a chain of easily-digested glucose molecules, it will result in a slightly slower release of energy compared to eating a spoonful of straight glucose. Maltodextrin provides the body with a steady release of energy so the body can start to break down fat to consume as fuel. This essentially helps one from tiring down during a long run.

As stated maltodextrin is most popularly used by athletes to replenish the muscle glycogen levels after a strenuous exercise, but researchers at the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada more importantly found that for strength athletes, consuming protein with maltodextrin improved protein synthesis. Another researcher, Krista R. Howarth et al (2009) theorized this is mainly to do with the spike in insulin levels which is caused by maltodextrin since this in turn would help the protein and amino acids to shuttle to the muscles which would permit them to begin repairing.

Maltodextrin is also basically flavorless, thus making it a good choice for exercise nutrition products. Energy gels which include maltodextrin may taste a little less sweet than gels that do not contain maltodextrin.

Fast&Up Energy Gel is a unique combination of Maltodextrin and Caffeine in a compact and easily transported form to help provide an instant energy boost of approximately 102 Kcal in a single serving gel sachet. With the proprietary Liquid gel technology, Fast&Up Energy Gel helps ensure quick absorption for a power-packed and unmatched performance. Empower your energy now with a new delicious Strawberry-Banana flavor that is Ready-for-Consumption and helps provide performance surge which is easy to ingest and light to digest. This tasty on-the-go Fast&Up Energy Gel is 100% vegetarian and is convenient to carry during any sport and is easy to use. 



Andrea Fernandes
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