Wheat Dextrin: Avoid Getting Sick of Wheat


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Dextrin is a good dietary fiber that provides some health benefits. This particular product from Glucose and FOS is a form of carbohydrate, which is digested very slowly. This means it goes to the large intestine very slowly. A faster-migrating carbohydrate like a grain or sugar is not as healthy as a dextrin based prebiotic fiber like flax seeds or walnuts, which is rich in slow-release energy and is important for good digestive health.

What’s great about wheat dextrin is that you can find it in a variety of foods such as breads, cereals, pasta, beans, vegetables, legumes and fruits. It’s also available in health food stores and in specialty nutrition stores. The best place to buy this form of carbohydrate for your diet is likely to be online since you will have more options and may be able to find a better price.

An Overview

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Wheat is one of the most common carbohydrates consumed. Most people eat a lot of bread, pizza and pasta, which are all derived from wheat. Even those who avoid gluten like pizza can benefit from wheat if they choose the right bread. The problem comes when you have to continually avoid certain foods because you have an intolerance to gluten. For example, those who are Celiac or gluten intolerant have to refrain from eating anything made with wheat or use a wheat-free dextrin for their prebiotic fiber supplement.

While dextrin can be purchased in health food stores and online, there are also products with wheat removed and substitute dextrin instead. These types of products usually come in powdered form and can easily be mixed with other ingredients to make a wide range of snack foods such as wheat chips, pretzels and wheat bread. It is important to read the ingredients of any food product to make sure it does not contain wheat. If you don’t want to take chances with your diet, you may as well just purchase dextrin free products.

Wheat Dextrin Facts

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Dextrin is not only used in baking products but can also found in chewing gum. It is also present in teas. It is very popular as a sweetener and flavoring agent in cooking and baking products. There are many companies that sell it as a dietary supplement and it has been used by millions for many years. Dextrin is no longer produced in large quantities but you can still find some products available online at great prices. It is also sold in health food stores, as part of a dietary supplement and in bulk at bulk prices.

The first thing you need to do before purchasing any of these products is to make sure you do not have an allergy to wheat. This may seem obvious but it can happen to the most vulnerable people, those who have just recently started following a gluten free diet. They do not know what is in certain products and may unknowingly be exposing themselves and their families to harmful substances. Do your research and start by reading labels carefully and avoid any product with the term “wheat”. It is okay to use such words if they relate to the food you are buying, like a pizza or bagel.

Next, always check the ingredients list of any food product before you buy it. There are also gluten free versions of most cereals, breads and snack foods. Just remember that bread has yeast. Also, if you feel any strange tastes after eating a product, you should eliminate the possibility that it contains wheat. You can try to reintroduce the product into your diet slowly, taking small amounts each time so you don’t get sick of it immediately.

Bottom Line

It is possible to enjoy all the benefits of gluten free products without being forced to follow a strict diet. However, this option can be very tedious and inconvenient. If you have trouble eating out or cooking from scratch, you can buy prepackaged products. Gluten free cookies and other baked goods are widely available on the market. There is a wide range to choose from. Just be sure to read the ingredients labels carefully and check the label for the gluten ingredient.

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