Maltodextrin is a very simple and flavorless carbohydrate. It is rapidly absorbed by the body and contributes to rapid uptake by muscle tissues of key nutrients that have been depleted by exercise. In this role it has an anabolic effect in rapidly refilling glycogen reserves.

The Unites States Food and Drug Administration defines maltodextrin as (21 CFR paragraph 184.1444): a non-sweet, nutritive saccharide polymer that consists of D- glucose units linked primarily by a,-1,4 bonds and that has a DE (dextrose equivalent) of less than 20

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