Erythritol is a naturally-derived sugar substitute that looks and tastes like sugar, yet has almost no calories. Our Erythritol is available in both granulated and powdered forms.
Erythritol is approximately 80% as sweet as sugar.
Erythritol is classed as a sugar alcohol. Sugar alcohols, often referred to as polyols, are sugar substitutes that are either extracted from plants or manufactured from starches. Some of the more common sugar alcohol sweeteners are sorbitol and xylitol.
Erythritol has almost no calories. In the USA, 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 or insulin levels and has a zero glycemic index.
Erthyritol has a clean, sweet taste. It is more similar in taste to sugar than other natural sweeteners such as stevia (which can be bitter).
Erythritol has a high digestive tolerance: 2 to 3 times better than xylitol, lactitol, maltitol and isomalt and 3 to 4 times better than sorbitol and mannitol.
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.
Erythritol is the healthiest and lowest calorie (and thus carb) alternative to sugar and other sugar alcohols. It has the functionality of other bulk sweeteners combined with healthy properties and a high digestive tolerance. Erythritol is an ideal bulk sweetener for many uses including baking and confectionary.