Sweeteners

Erythritol


Erythritol is a sugar alcohol (or polyol) that is considered safe (GRAS) as a food additive in the United States and throughout much of the world.

Erythritol is a sugar alcohol (or polyol) that is considered safe (GRAS) as a food additive in the United States and throughout much of the world.

It occurs naturally in some fruit and fermented foods. At the industrial level, it is produced from glucose by fermentation with a yeast, Moniliella Pollinis. Erythritol is 60–70% as sweet as sucrose (table sugar), yet it is almost noncaloric, does not affect blood sugar, does not cause tooth decay, and is partially absorbed by the body, excreted in urine and feces. Under the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labeling requirements, it has a caloric value of 0.2 kilo calories per gram (95% less than sugar and other carbohydrates), though nutritional labeling varies from country to country. Some countries, such as Japan and the United States, label it as zero-calorie; the European Union labels it as 0 kcal/g.

Erythritol, being a sugar alcohol, does not break down in your body. Therefore, it does not create an insulin spike when entering the bloodstream (which leads to the sugar high and sugar crash that is challenging to your metabolism), nor does it deliver harmful bacteria in your mouth or gut. Erythritol meets the demand for sugar-free and diabetic diets because it does not create an insulin response when ingested. Since it is made from plant pulp that could be gathered by primitive cultures, it is accepted in the Paleo diet regimen.

In conclusion, Erythritol has several advantages over sugar: it contains almost no calories, it does not cause tooth decay, and it does not spike blood sugar.

Keystone offers many other sugar substitutes besides Erythritol and invites you to design the exact coating you desire. To learn more about other sugar replacements, please visit our Sweeteners section or contact our sales team to discuss in detail.

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