Thursday, June 9, 2011

Nopalea -- is it good or bad? With Maltodextrin as an ingredient?

I just got my "free" bottle of Nopalea (you just pay about $10 shipping). It is 32-oz and is supposed to combat inflammation in your body.

It is touted as a breakthrough wellness drink that helps the body relieve pain, improve breathing, and reduces swelling in joints and muscles.

After having a horrible conversation with the sales rep who took my order (oh my goodness, can you say UPSELL?) I mean, goodness gracious, have some tact. I want to try the product first before I commit hundreds of dollars to it. I don't care if there is a money back guarantee or not. They just left a very bad taste in my mouth after that conversation.

Nopalea contains Maltodextrin. Sure, it is very controversial whether it is really such a bad ingredient or not, but in my book, it is horrible. The things it does to your body, it contains toxins from the genetically modified grains it is derived from, and wreaks havoc on your system. It also is an excitotoxin, and to simplify the definition, it kills your brain cells. So why do they offer it as an ingredient in their health drink?

I am unsure I even want to try this bottle of it.

Even if they have 99% good, wholesome ingredients, having 1% poison still can do damage to you.

Overall, I am not impressed with the company so far.

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  1. I also have the same experience with Nopalea.
    My question is about the Maltodextrin.
    Maltodextrin is a form of fermented
    grains. The grain could be anything including barley, corn, rice, or potatoes. If the maltodextrin is from corn, rice,
    or potatoes it is kosher for Passover. If however it is from barley or any of the other five species where it can become
    leaven, it must be thrown out. The ingredients list does not specify the type of maltodextrin.
    Clearly, the product is priced to generate a profit and I have no problem with that. My question is how do they generate the dextrin?
    I'm probably going to get rid of it if I can't get an answer from the manufacture.

  2. Response from the manufacturer:
    Thank you for contacting TriVita.

    The Maltodextrin in Nopalea is starch-derived. A combination of starches are used, and they may or may not contain corn, wheat, oats and other grains depending on the season and the harvest. Therefore, the Maltodextrin may be corn-derived.
    In other words,... they buy the Maltodextrin from an outside source, and it depends on the season/price...etc.