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Dextrose is a simple carbohydrate. Simple carbs are essentially sugars, and thus must be used at strategic times. Dextrose breaks down and absorbs very quickly into the bloodstream, spiking insulin and glucose levels faster than complex carbohydrates. This spike is crucial directly before or after an intense workout, as it kickstarts muscle growth and recovery by delivering amino acids to muscle cells.
Maltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate that is easily digestible and quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. Found naturally in foods such as peas, beans, grains, and vegetables, complex carbohydrates are considered to be 'good' carbs. Maltodextrin works together with protein to repair muscle tissue and restore muscle glycogen, especially after high stress activity like cardio or heavy lifting.
Both Gainful's organic tapioca maltodextrin and organic tapioca dextrose are derived from the non-GMO starchy cassava root, unlike the industrial corn-based maltodextrin found in other supplements.