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Food ingredient to avoid when you have PCOS

Are you eating yourself further into the clutches of PCOS?

PCOS is an already hard-to-deal with condition which can make you feel overwhelmed especially when your doctor tells you to ‘just lose weight’ 

With our new modern but crazy lifestyles, companies have made many products to help us cope- including foods stuffs that make breakfast, lunch dinner and snacks a lot easier to handle compared to previous generation.

Unfortunately with the rise of ‘instant’ and ‘quick’ fixes, a lot of hidden chemicals to enhance flavour, shelf life and colour have popped up in our diets. No wonder our society is riddled with all types of health disorders and diseases.

Enter MALTODEXTRIN…..

What is it?

Maltodextrin is a highly processed, plant-based substance usually made from corn, rice, potato, wheat or tapioca.

Heard of it? Regardless- you’ve more than likely consumed a lot of it. Especially if you are regularly eating foods that are packaged and processed. ie. Already made meals, spice mixes, cereals, baked goods, ‘fat-free’, ‘sugar-free’ products, even health supplements!!

If you’re an athlete, maltodextrin can be beneficial, which is why you’ll find it in many brands of sports drinks for the carbohydrates… but the drawbacks of maltodextrin definitely outweigh the benefits.

Why?

The *BIIIIIIG* issues for PCOS cyclers are the serious side effects maltodextrin has on blood sugar, inflammation and your stomach health.

*Lets take a little deeper look*

Despite being low in sugar, it ranges between 95 and 136 on the glycemic index. For perspective, table sugar has a glycemic value of 65!

The long term effect of constantly eating foods containing maltodextrin?

Your body will begin to secrete more and more insulin. A BIG ❌ in PCOS

Insulin is a growth hormone. Allowing tumour cells to grow rapidly and causes a hormonal imbalance in the sex hormones (estrogen and testosterone). Leading to women to having irregular and/or heavy periods, increased facial hair growth, feelings of irritability, endometriosis, polycystic ovary disease and of course infertility. 

High insulin levels equal elevated cholesterol, increased risk for heart attacks and strokes and have been associated with mental diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. DID YOU KNOW Alzheimer’s is slowly becoming knows as Diabetes 3… because of the constant connection between this mental illness and high insulin levels.😳

Maltodextrin also exacerbates the insulin process that takes sugar and stores it as fat! BUT IT ALSO STORES IT IN THE LIVER causing fatty liver😱

*”A critically important new study by Laudisi et al1 shows that consumption of the food additive maltodextrin, incorporated into many processed foods, leads to the promotion of intestinal inflammation. These findings suggest that this broadly used food additive could be a risk factor for chronic inflammatory diseases.” – National Library of Medicine. 

Although maltodextrin is deemed safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Cleveland Clinic researchers found that maltodextrin alters gut bacteria too.

Be a responsible cyster!

Do your homework!

Read your labels!

References:

https://www.mdvip.com/about-mdvip/blog/read-your-food-labels-watch-out-maltodextrin

https://www.yostwellnesscenter.com/blog-posts/dangers-lurking-in-our-food-maltodextrin 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6409436/ 

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