Diet Journal: Polydextrose - What is Polydextrose?
Written by Diet Bites
The Polydextrose Weight Loss Factor
Polydextrose is used as a filler as well as a thickening agent.
Polydextrose is also added to foods to increase fiber content and is often referred to as fake fiber.
In addition, Polydextrose is used to replace sugar, as well as to reduce calorie and fat content of certain foods.
Polydextrose can be found in many reduced-calorie, reduced-fat and reduced-carb bakery items such as cookies, cakes, pudding and gelatin. It can also be found in other reduced calorie foods such as salad dressings.
Odds are, if you're on a diet and trying to drop weight - and if you are opting for reduced calorie foods, odds are - you've eaten polydextrose.
Foods containing polydextrose also contain less calories and in some cases - less in more, particularly in the area of weight loss.
When polydextrose enters the small intestine, it resists digestion and move on into the large intestine where it is partially fermented.
The remainder is excreted from the body in the same manner as fiber is excreted.
The fermentation process accomplishes the following: increased bulk of fecal matter in the intestines, softer stools, slower transit time, a more acidic stools, favorable microflora growth, and reduced production of carcinogenic waste products.
Side Effects of Polydextrose:
- laxative effect
- gas, at times very explosive!
Side Notes: Polydextrose is also known by the following names: Litesse, Sta-lite, and Trimcal. Polydextrose received approval from the FDA in 1981 - so it's been around for a while.