Polydextrose E1200 is frequently used to increase the non-dietary fiber content of food, to replace sugar, and to reduce calories and fat content. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.
What Is Polydextrose E1200?
Polydextrose E1200 is an indigestible synthetic polymer of glucose. Polydextrose E1200 is frequently used to increase the non-dietary fiber content of food, to replace sugar, and to reduce calories and fat content. This product appears as a free flowing powder, and is a multi-purpose food ingredient. It is commonly used as a humectant, stabilizer, and thickening agent in commercial beverages, cakes, candies, dessert mixes, breakfast cereals, gelatin, frozen desserts, puddings, and salad dressings.
Possible Side Effects of Polydextrose E1200
Polydextrose E1200 is generally considered a safe ingredient. Polydextrose E1200 can possible cause intestinal gas (flatulence), bloating, stomachcramps, and diarrhea.
GRAS Affirmation: Yes
Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) is an American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. Polydextrose is considered safe by FDA.
Special Populations Precaution
There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to Polydextrose E1200 populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Polydextrose.
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