Have You Tried Erythritol Sweetener?


In the search for a sugar substitute which is low in calories and high in natural sugar taste scientists and researchers have turned to a lot of natural products. This is certainly the case with erythritol sweetener, which is rapidly becoming a popular option across the world.

Originally erythritol sweetener was developed by a British chemist in 1848 and has about 70% the sweetness of table sugar. In Japan and has been used since the early 1990s and it has been approved by the FDA for use in the United States as a food additive.

What Is Erythritol?

Erythritol is actually a sugar alcohol, similar to xylitol, but having a different chemical formulation. This difference in chemical formulation means the human body cannot actually break down erythritol sweetener, meaning it contributes nothing to the caloric intake.

In the United States it is considered to have a 0 calorie count while in Europe and other countries it is considered to have 0.24 calories per gram. Compare this to sugar at 4 calories per gram or xylitol as 2.4 calories per gram and you can easily see the difference.

Like xylitol, erythritol sweetener doesn’t contribute to dental decay and therefore is considered a better product for the health of our teeth as well as our general health. It also doesn’t produce changes in blood sugar level or insulin levels, making it a good option for diabetics.

Added Benefits

Without getting too graphic, some sugar alcohols cause significant digestive upset in some people. Typically with ongoing use these problems drop off, but they can be significant in those with sensitivities to sugar alcohols

The erythritol sweetener does not seem to have these same digestive trigger problems. Most people will have no symptoms at all with less than 50 grams in one day and even with 50 grams stomach rumbling and slight nausea are the most common symptoms reported.

When buying erythritol sweetener it is important to read the label. Choose a product and brand produced in the United States and made from Non-GMO sources. This should be clearly labeled on the bag.

You can purchase erythritol sweetener in bulk and it can be stored in an airtight container in a cupboard between uses. It can be used just like sugar in beverages, both hot and cold, as well as for baking, cooking and just adding a little extra sweetness to whatever you choose.

Our Organic Merchant erythritol sweetener is produced right in the United States from Non-GMO sources.

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