Erythritol - Sugar Substitute
Artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes can be very appealing to people
looking to cut their calories or control blood sugar.
Erythritol is a polyol which is another name for sugar alcohol (a type of sugar
substitute) which has been approved for use in the United States and throughout much of the world. It occurs
naturally in mushrooms, fermented foods, and various fruits, such as grapes, melons and pears, and it is also found
in supplement form as a crystalline powder. It was discovered in 1848 by British chemist John Stenhouse but has
been part of the human diet for thousands of years due to its presence in fruits and other foods. It is about 70%
as sweet as table sugar yet it is almost non-caloric; does not affect blood sugar, does not cause tooth decay and
is absorbed in the small intestine and rapidly eliminated by the body within 24 hours. Laxative side effects
sometimes associated with excessive polyol consumption are unlikely when consuming Erythritol.
Erythritol has been certified as tooth-friendly. The sugar alcohol cannot be metabolized by oral bacteria, and
so does not contribute to tooth decay. Interestingly, erythritol exhibits some, but not all, of xylitol's tendency
to "starve" harmful bacteria. Unlike xylitol, erythritol is actually absorbed into the bloodstream after
consumption but before excretion.
A new study from The Netherlands says erythritol may exert a strong antioxidant activity which may protect vascular
health of diabetics.
The study with diabetic rats found that the sweetener could protect the cells lining the blood vessels from
oxidative stress, a key process in the development of heart disease, according to findings from researchers from
Maastricht University and Tate & Lyle.
Some of the possible benefits of Erythritol:
● Does not contribute to tooth decay
● Zero calorie
● Safe for people with diabetes (0 on the glycemic scale)
● Clean sweet taste with no aftertaste
● Protects the cells lining the blood vessels from oxidative stress
● High digestive tolerance
● It is not hygroscopic (doesn’t attract moisture & start to clump & harden)
● Listed by U.S. FDA as a GRAS (generally recognized as safe) substance, the highest-safety designation, like
Our Erythritol is produced in a GMP / ISO9001 certified facility and meets the standards of purity set by US
Pharmacopoeia. Each batch undergoes extensive testing for purity and safety.
Suggested Use: Use as a tabletop sugar replacement. Add as desired to recipes, drinks or baked