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Organic Vitamins: What’s the Deal with Tapioca Dextrose & Maltodextrin?

I take huge pride in mykind Organics being whole food based, organic, non-GMO, and free of any synthetic fillers or additives. So I just wanted to clear the air on two ingredients that may sound funky but truly are food-based ingredients. The first one is organic tapioca dextrose; tapioca dextrose is produced from organic tapioca starch using natural enzymes. It may sound like it has sugar, but really it doesn’t add any sweetness or sugar content because it is used in such a micro amount.

Same deal with organic tapioca maltodextrin. The maltodextrin word may seem scary, but it’s the same thing as mentioned above –  a tapioca starch digested by natural enzymes. Maltodetrxin signifies a chain of smaller molecules joined together, but again in such tiny amounts that it does not add any sweetness or sugar content to the tablets.

Both of these ingredients were chosen because they hold the tablet together but also allow it to fully and quickly disperse the nutrients in your stomach. This promotes maximum absorption so your body can fully utilize the vitamins and minerals.

We went with these two natural non-GMO ingredients instead of commonly used chemical ingredients including conventional maltodextrin, dextrose, and magnesium stearate, which are usually formed via hydrogenated oils (which are commonly GMO) and/or chemicals. Magnesium stearate used in manufacturing facilities is chemically made from stearic acid. Stearic acid is a long-chain saturated fat that is abundant in beef, cocoa butter, and coconut oil. It is often described on supplement labels as “vegetable lubricant” so the consumer does not see magnesium stearate on the label! There is much controversy about magnesium stearate use, with claims such as it can induce formation of harmful biofilms in the intestine or suppress T cells (natural killer cells that play an important role in your immune system.) It’s even banned in countries like Japan! Creepy! For this reason, we steered clear of it and instead went with an organic food based alternative!

Have you tried mykind Organics? What has your experience been? Do you have any questions?

 

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  • Terri Narehood

    I love your women’s 40+ multivitamins. I am approaching 50 and going through menopause. Since taking these vitamins, I have not had anymore hotflashes! Love!

  • Debi Begallia

    Hi, I’m looking at a more natural alternative for menopausal symptoms. Is the 40plus vitamins a good alternative? Are the ingredients safe?

  • Kristen Jacobson

    I loved the gummies but wish there was more iron in them.