Sugar alcohols also occur naturally in plants. Erythritol is found naturally in small amounts in grapes, melons, mushrooms, and fermented foods such as wine, beer, cheese, and soy sauce.
How Sweet is Erythritol?
Erythritol is approximately 70 percent as sweet as table sugar (sucrose).
How is Erythritol Made?
Erythritol is made from plant sugars. Sugar is mixed with water and then fermented with a natural culture into erythritol. It is then filtered, allowed to crystallize, and then dried. The finished product is white granules or powder that resembles sugar.
Why Do People Use Erythritol?
Erythritol has almost no calories. In the United States, erythritol is labeled as having 0.2 calories per gram, which is 95 percent fewer calories than sugar. In Japan, erythritol is labeled as having zero calories.
Erythritol has not been found to affect blood sugar levels and has a zero glycemic index.
Erthyritol has a clean, sweet taste. People have found that it’s more similar in taste to sugar than other natural sweeteners such as stevia (which can be bitter).
In reasonable amounts, erythritol doesn’t cause digestive upset and diarrhea that other sugar alcohols like sorbitol and xylitol are known to cause. This is because erythritol is a smaller molecule and 90 percent of erythritol is absorbed in the small intestine and for the most part excreted unchanged in urine. This quality makes erythritol unique among the sugar alcohols.
Erythritol isn’t metabolized by oral bacteria, which means that it doesn’t contribute to tooth decay.
3 out of 3 people would recommend this product27/07/2018, By BronwenVery nice sugar substitute. Unlike Xylitol which can cause major stomach pain and diarrhea Erythritol is much better on the digestion. The granules also work so well in baking. you need much less than sugar.02/01/2018, By nvWonderful sugar replacement. But be warned - use very little, or it actually tastes so sweet it burns!15/12/2017, By NVI sometimes crave a little sweetness in my coffee or tea, and erythritol does the job. But take care - too much and it is too sweet. I love that it has no aftertaste and that isn't as sweet as sugar/sugar substitutes. Haven't yet cooked/baked with it, but am going to try. I find that I use so much less sugar overall since I've started using erythritol.
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