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Dextrose or maltodextrin hurting my tongue?

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  • Posted By: incircles
  • April 1, 2009
  • 03:17 AM

I haven't been able to isolate what ingredient it is exactly, but I think I've noticed that when I eat something with either dextrose or maltodextrin, my tongue burns for hours or even the rest of the day. My tongue's particularly sensitive -- strong acids and alcohol will do a number on it -- but one of these sweeteners SEEMS to be even worse.

Is this possible? The research I've done on dextrose at least indicates that it should be no more corrosive than your average sugar.

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  • I haven't been able to isolate what ingredient it is exactly, but I think I've noticed that when I eat something with either dextrose or maltodextrin, my tongue burns for hours or even the rest of the day. My tongue's particularly sensitive -- strong acids and alcohol will do a number on it -- but one of these sweeteners SEEMS to be even worse.Is this possible? The research I've done on dextrose at least indicates that it should be no more corrosive than your average sugar.Sorry - this is over a year after you inquired, but this might help: I came across a sherbet mix that my son made up today that had the tongue swelling effect I've encountered on rare occasions before... the difference is this time I have the ingredients: Milk, Sugar, fructose, Maltodextrin, citric acid, natural and artificial flavor, celluose gum, xanthan gum, yellow dyes 6 and 6 lake.Most of these are very common in every day foods (scary huh?). Maltodextrin is not all that common, and rang a bell from a severe reaction I had in Feb to an item containing a forign liquor, which I blamed for my tongue swelling and mouth sores. Looks like the culprit is an additive, which I recognize from that container also. The definition of Maltodextrin varies, but generally it's a starch derived from Malt, or if indicated, corn, potato or wheat.I don't drink beer - the malt and hops bother me something fierce. I also don't drink most wines although I do love the flavor since I'll break out in rash or my asthma will kick in from most. You mentioned you don't drink either so there might be a connection between this additive and your reaction to alcohol.
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  • I've discovered that neither maltodextrin nor alcohol weaker than or equal to sake bother me at all; it's dextrose that's the culprit. A hint of dextrose, and my tongue will burn for hours. A large serving and I'm in pain for a day or two. Dextrates, however, are similarly harmless. Weird.
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