It belongs to compounds known as sugar alcohols, such as xylitol, sorbitol or maltilol; and they are used by food producers.
What is its main advantage? It works like a low calorie sweetener, specially for low sugar or sugar-free products. Its molecular structure has the ability to stimulate the sweet taste receptors from your tongue.
Erythritol is naturally available in fruit and vegetables, although in small amounts.
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It is very different from the rest of alcohols.
Its main property is that it provides less calories, only 0.24 per gram, when compared to the 2.4 per gram of xylitol or the 4 calories per gram of sugar.
Therefore, we could say that it only provides around a 6% of the calories that we would get from the same amount of sugar.
Moreover, it does not increase the blood sugar levels, which is why it is a excellent choice for those with diabetes.
In general, erythritol is regarded as a safe substance. Like we mentioned, low sugar or sugar-free products have become quite popular in the last few years.
However, like the rest of alcohols, it can cause some digestive problems, since your body cannot digest them and they go through most of your digestive system without changing.
Unlike similar substances, erythritol is absorbed in the bloodstream and excreted through the urine.
According to the research on this substance, around a 10% of what we eat is not absorbed in the blood and it reaches the colon.
A very high dose of erythritol can cause digestive side effects.
A lot of products from specialized stores already have this substance, since it provides less calories. In HSN, you will be able to purchase erythritol sweetener suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
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Excellent sweetener - Margot, 27/11/2019I've been using Erythritol for a while because I'm trying to completely remove sugar from my diet, although I know it's going to be difficult. So far, I've not been able to notice any differences in terms of taste.