Why nutriburst use Maltitol In Their Gummy Vitamins

Why nutriburst use Maltitol In Their Gummy Vitamins

By Jenny Tschiesche BSc(Hons) Dip(ION) FdSc BANT

Too many gummies, in my opinion, try to appeal to the mass market with glucose syrup and/or sugar as their prime ingredient. Both ingredients are relatively cheap and us humans are programmed to love the taste and to seek out more of them. That means that these mass market gummies are neither great for the health of our teeth, and certainly not for our waistlines.

Why Maltitol?

Maltitol is neither as sweet nor as calorific as sugar nor glucose syrup that’s what makes it appealing. In fact, maltitol is about 90% as sweet as sugar and has fewer calories per gram (2.1 calories for maltitol compared with 4 calories for sugar and 3.4 calories for glucose syrup). 

However, the advantages of maltitol do not stop there. Maltitol has in fact been linked to providing health benefits.

Blood Glucose Control

Like most other sugar alcohols (the exception is erythritol), maltitol is slowly and incompletely metabolised in the small intestine into both glucose and sorbitol. Whilst glucose is absorbed in the small intestine, sorbitol continues to the large intestine where it is fermented by microbes in the gut. Because of this, maltitol consumption (compared with an equal amount of sugar) requires less insulin secretion, which helps keep blood glucose levels lower. 

Oral Health

When we eat a food containing maltitol, bacteria in our mouths begin to metabolise it, though this process is incomplete because we lack the necessary enzymes. As a result, oral bacteria produce much less acid (10–30% less) compared with sugar. Thus, maltitol is considered tooth-friendly because the acids produced from maltitol metabolism do not contribute to enamel erosion or cavity formation. Furthermore, the act of chewing protects teeth from cavity-causing bacteria by promoting the flow of saliva.

 

Oral Health

 

Nutriburst have chosen to combine Maltitol with another sugar alcohol called Isomalt which brings its own benefits not least the added texture to the gummies. There are few vitamin and mineral gummies on the market that provide the anticipated texture when you bite into them. Nutriburst’s gummies do not disappoint!

Isomalt

Isomalt is a sugar-free sweetener discovered during the 1960s. Perhaps the most important facts about isomalt though are that like maltitol it doesn’t stimulate the release of insulin because it has little or no impact on blood sugar levels and it doesn’t cause tooth decay.

Are there any negatives?

You’ve heard the saying “too much of a good thing” well the same can apply to too much maltitol and isomalt. Consuming too much maltitol at one time may cause gastrointestinal discomfort due to the fermentation of sorbitol in the large intestine. But these effects may not be the same for everyone. Consuming foods that contain 30 grams of maltitol have been shown to be well tolerated by most people. However, Nutriburst gummies are designed with health and wellbeing in mind and even if you were to take two of each of the gummies in the range you still wouldn’t reach this threshold. One final point on this is that a selection of people cannot tolerate foods that contain sugars represented by the acronym FODMAP. As these two sugar alternatives are polyols those sensitive to FODMAP foods would be advised against using these supplements.