After using Joylent for 3 weeks I was worried about its content of Maltodextrine. In addition, I had heart palpitations after eating Joylent, and I guess this is due to Maltodextrine. I read in forums that I am not the only one with these palpitations.
As you probably know, Maltodextrine is a cheap way of having carbohydrates in this type of foods. It is very mixable with water and it is cheap. So for manufacturers is a good option. The bad point is that has a glycemic index that
is very high. Therefore, it could yield a peak of glucose, and pancreas has to produce a peak of insulin to counteract.
If you eat three times per day products that have a lot of Maltodextrine there is a chance (I do not how much, if anybody knows) that you pancreas could be stressed and you could end with diabetes.
So I decided to make a comparison of how my glucose in blood changes after eating Joylent and Huel. Huel has not Maltodextrine.
Person: I am 48 years old. 177 cm tall, weight of 75 Kg. Occasional exercise (cycling). Good health. No diabetes.
Joylent and Huel. The same amount of calories, 706 for breakfast. So this is will be the first food I take in the day.
A glucometer like shown in the following picture. Typically used for diabetic people to control the glucose. The device is new. Take into account that it is not so precise. Errors about 5-10% are possible in the readings. But, as you will see, the difference measured between Joylent and Huel are over the possible error in the readings.
Joylent was eaten for breakfast the 27th August 2015. Huel the following day.
The following chart shows: vertical axe: glucose measured. Horizontal axe: time in minutes since I ate Joylent or Huel
There is a clear difference between the level of glucose produced in my body between Joylent and Huel. It is probable that this difference come from the content of Maltodextrine of Joylent.
The maximum values for both foods are reached about 40 minutes after eating. It seems there is a second peak (due probably to the low carbohydrates?) about 100 minutes.This peak is higher for Joylent.