Maltodextrin is a polysaccharide produced from starch. Like starch, maltodextrin is easily digestible and absorbed through the intestine. As an excipient, maltodextrin is generally regarded as a nontoxic and nonirritant material 1. Maltodextrin is considered generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. FDA for use as a direct food substance (21CFR184.1444).

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients. Washington, DC: Pharmaceutical Press and American Pharmacists Assn, 2006.