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Question for John M Berardi

I have noticed that maltodextrin causes a pronounced glycemic response whereas pure glucose doesn`t cause any hypoglycemic symptoms.
I remember reading that pure glucose can be
loaded(transported)without any insulin in certain instances. Any truth to this?

Glucose produces a larger insulin increase than maltodextrin so it should have more “hypoglycemic properties”. As far as glucose being transported without insulin…it can happen after exercise to a small degree but even so, most of the uptake of glucose is insulin dependent. In addition, dont forget that ALL blood carbs are glucose. No matter what carb source you ingest, they all get broken down into glucose before entering the blood (fructose is a bit different but I wont get into that now).