Erythritol: Here's The Scoop

Attention all sweet tooths! If you desire a sweet indulgence without putting your health at risk, Erythritol could be the an acceptable choice for you.

Here's The Scoop

Sweetness Minus the Calories: Delight in the sweetness of Erythritol, minus the guilt of excess calories. This 4-carbon sugar alcohol, found naturally in fruits like pears, grapes, and watermelon, as well as in fermented foods like cheese and soy sauce, provides the taste you crave. Majority of commercially available erythritol is derived from corn using a fermentation process. We sources our erythritol from Non-GMO corn.

Diabetic-Friendly and Low Glycemic Index: Keeping stable blood sugar levels is a must, particularly for individuals with diabetes or those watching their sugar intake. Erythritol has been researched and found to have little to no impact on blood glucose levels, making it a suitable choice for diabetics (1). It has a zero glycemic index which means it has no effect on glucose or insulin levels.

Support in Weight Management: If you're set on a path to control your weight, Erythritol could be your accomplice. With almost zero calories (0.24) per gram, it allows you to enjoy sweetness without the added calories (2). Replacing high-calorie sweeteners with erythritol can aid in reducing your overall caloric intake while still quelling your sweet cravings.

Balance is Crucial: While Erythritol has numerous benefits, it's important to consume it in moderation. For some individuals, excessive intake might result in mild gastrointestinal discomfort, such as bloating, gas, or diarrhea (3)(4). A new study has linked erythritol to a greater risk of blood clots which could lead to heart attacks, clogged arteries, and strokes (5). 

Erythritol Pet Lovers: As a responsible pet parent, your pet's well-being is your priority. Erythritol is a pet-friendly sweetener, and is okay for dogs to consume in small amounts. There is a risk your dog may experience an upset stomach, including vomiting and diarrhea (6).

Note: The information provided is for general awareness purposes and should not replace professional medical advice. Always consult with your healthcare provider before making significant dietary changes or if you have any underlying health conditions.

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Footnotes
  1. Wen, H., Tang, B., Stewart, A. J., Tao, Y., Shao, Y., Cui, Y., Yue, H., Pei, J., Liu, Z., Mei, L., Yu, R., & Jiang, L. (2018). Erythritol Attenuates Postprandial Blood Glucose by Inhibiting α-Glucosidase. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, 66(6), 1401–1407. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jafc.7b05033
  2. Gunnars, K. (2023, April 10). Erythritol — Like Sugar Without the Calories? Medically reviewed by Jerlyn Jones, MS MPA RDN LD CLT, Nutrition. Healthline. Retrieved [July 26, 2023], from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/erythritol#TOC_TITLE_HDR_2
  3. Kim, Y., Park, S. C., Wolf, B. W., & Hertzler, S. R. (2011). Combination of erythritol and fructose increases gastrointestinal symptoms in healthy adults. Nutrition research (New York, N.Y.), 31(11), 836–841. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nutres.2011.09.025
  4. Mazi, T. A., & Stanhope, K. L. (2023). Erythritol: An In-Depth Discussion of Its Potential to Be a Beneficial Dietary Component. Nutrients, 15(1), 204. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu15010204
  5. Witkowski, M., Nemet, I., Alamri, H., Wilcox, J., Gupta, N., Nimer, N., Haghikia, A., Li, X. S., Wu, Y., Saha, P. P., Demuth, I., König, M., Steinhagen-Thiessen, E., Cajka, T., Fiehn, O., Landmesser, U., W, H. W. T., & Hazen, S. L. (2023). The artificial sweetener erythritol and cardiovascular event risk. Nature Medicine, 29(3), 710–718.https://doi.org/10.1016/0026-0495(95)90241-6
  6. Dean, I., Jackson, F., & Greenough, R. J. (1996). Chronic (1-year) oral toxicity study of erythritol in dogs. Regulatory toxicology and pharmacology : RTP, 24(2 Pt 2), S254–S260. https://doi.org/10.1006/rtph.1996.0106