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Sneaky Ingredient. Maltodextrin!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 10, 2012 at 3:30 AM

I'm not a fan of the paleo diet, but it is the only solution to my issues. I push the limits to see what grains/foods I can tolerate and which I cannot. Recently I tried to go paleo for a whole day. At lunch I had vegetables, fruit and flavoured peanuts. Two hours later I'm having intestinal issues followed by muscle pain/stiffness/cramping. My classics signs of eating something wrong. Turns out the flavoured peanuts were a different brand and there was an additional ingredient, maltodextrin. This is hydrolyzed starch, typically corn (my nemesis). They cut the starch up into smaller molecules so it is similar to glucose, easily absorbed and digested. Just what I don't need. As I have said previously I believe my problem relates to how quickly the food is digested. Too fast is bad, like putting premium gas in an old tractor, it is going to run but not well. And the amount of maltodextrin on those peanuts was small, yet it caused a significant reaction. I started looking for maltodextrin in other things and found it in the whole wheat tortillas I eat. After switching tortillas I think now that whole wheat has zero impact with the maltodextrin out. Again processed grains appear to be my issue, whole versions seem fine. How many other hidden processed grains are out there slipping by and making people think they are Celiacs or allergic to specific foods?

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on October 10, 2012
at 04:42 PM

plus they were flavored!

45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

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on October 10, 2012
at 01:06 PM

And you're right, Derek.

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on October 10, 2012
at 12:54 PM

Don't feed the troll flavored peanuts.

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on October 10, 2012
at 12:43 PM

Bullshit, Bill.

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on October 10, 2012
at 12:11 PM

and anyone can consume it without problem

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on October 10, 2012
at 08:01 AM

Thanks for the PSA on maltodextrin, but I'm pretty sure everyone here already knows that is bad stuff, not fit for human consumption. Ummm...you need to do a lot more reading before trying to implement and critique any part of a paleo diet. Legumes (peanuts) aren't part of anyone's recommended plan, much less peanuts covered in toxic "flavors" and seed oils.

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on October 10, 2012
at 05:43 AM

Troll. But I can't deny a certain sense of humour.

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on October 10, 2012
at 05:40 AM

I am not a fan of this post.

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on October 10, 2012
at 03:35 AM

"...tried to go paleo for a whole day. At lunch I had vegetables, fruit and flavored peanuts." FAIL.

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on October 10, 2012
at 11:01 AM

Doing a single day of paleo, and failing at that, isn't going to do a thing for you. You'd need several weeks, preferably over a month, free of any problem foods. If you have issues with corn, you more than likely have the same issues with other grains.

(Yes, corn is a grain, shocker right! And as everyone has jumped on, peanuts are legumes.)

Truth is it takes something like 6 months to remove the antibodies to grains from your body, and thus stop any autoimmune effects.

The problem isn't with the starch, it's with gluten, and their analogues which trigger zonulin to open up the gut lining and allow whole, undigested proteins through the blood stream, which, in turn cause the immune system to recognize an invader. The kicker though, is that these proteins (gluten analogues in corn and other grains), are very short, and look a lot like human tissue proteins, so this starts a cascade of autoimmune issues... anywhere from arthritis to lupus, and even MS.

Reality is, it doesn't matter what your political views are, whether you're a fan of Paleo, or not, your body will indeed react to these things, and they do cause diseases.

Incase you didn't know, the Paleo diet doesn't cure disease by eating certain foods, rather it does this by REMOVING problematic foods that cause the modern diseases of civilization, those that did not exist, except within the last 10,000 years ago. These foods are: grains, legumes, industrial seed oils (yes, including corn, soy, canola, "vgetable" oils, etc.), as well as modern artificial ingredients (MSG, HFCS, color, preservatives, etc.) For some, dairy, nightshades, and eggs can be problematic, which is why for the 1st 30 days, you should exclude those, and slowly add them in, one at a time to see if there's a reaction.

Don't be fooled by your lack of reaction to wheat, many people do have reactions to all grains, but it's silent inflammation and they don't actually see it. It causes a range of seemingly unrelated issues such as gall bladder issues, geographic tongue, cold hands, hypothyroidism, brain fog, low energy, migraine headaches, skin rashes, acid reflux, etc. If you're reacting to one, you're likely reacting to all of them to different degrees and have different, but possibly hidden symptoms. Celiac is only one point on a very wide spectrum. All of the modern "cures" for these things do not address the source, nor do they place blame where it belongs.

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on October 10, 2012
at 04:51 AM

Try doing the Whole30 and you'll find that almost anything that you buy at the supermarket has hidden processed shit in it that you're not supposed to eat. Stick to good quality meat, green vegetables and eggs and you won't have to deal with all of this shit.

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on October 10, 2012
at 04:38 AM

Your flavored peanuts were roasted in oils that you can't pronounce, not to mention the laundry list of other things sprinkled in. Companies can get away with a lot on the nutrition label. The real place to examine a food label is the ingredient list. However, you could solve this problem by buying food that doesn't have a label on it!

Matt
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on October 10, 2012
at 04:44 PM

So you went a day "strict" paleo and you eat "Flavored peanuts" -- I think I understand why you are not a fan of the paleo diet -- YOU HAVE NO CLUE WHAT IT IS.

If you are going strict paleo, you should not be eating anything that has an ingredients list (or even a label for that matter).

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on October 10, 2012
at 09:57 AM

I thought peanuts were legumes? I don't normally eat them cause I feel pretty blah after any and all of them. But I thought we should be avoiding legumes in general anyway?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on October 10, 2012
at 04:42 PM

plus they were flavored!

45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

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on October 10, 2012
at 01:06 PM

And you're right, Derek.

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on October 10, 2012
at 11:16 AM

Folks do know that maltodextrin is just starch, right?

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on October 10, 2012
at 12:11 PM

and anyone can consume it without problem

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on October 10, 2012
at 12:43 PM

Bullshit, Bill.

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