Erythritol: What You Need to Know about This Natural Sugar Substitute & the Better Choice Available

Posted April 18, 2008. There have been 11 comments

Eating healthy does not mean avoiding sweets completely. Find out about the best natural sugar substitute for your healthy diet.

Erythritol is not your average sugar alcohol.

Used as a natural sweetener, erythritol is about 60 – 80% as sweet as sucrose (sugar). It is used primarily in chewing gum, baked goods and beverages and occurs naturally in pears, soy sauce, wine, sake, watermelon and grapes.

In fact, erythritol has even been found to exist naturally in human tissues and body fluids.1

After much toxicology and clinical studies, erythritol has been found to be safe for consumption as a sugar substitute, even when consumed on a daily basis and in high amounts.2 While Body Ecology does not recommend eating any sweetener in high amounts, we do believe that the sweet taste is a natural part of our diets.

About Sugar Alcohols

Sugar Alcohols are NOT to be confused with artificial sweeteners.

While sugar alcohols do contain fewer calories than sugar, they occur naturally in plants, like fruits and vegetables.

In the case of sugar alcohols (also known as polyols), part of their structure resembles sugar and part resembles alcohol. However, there is no ethanol in sugar alcohols, so it is not the same thing as alcoholic beverages.3

Sugar alcohols, like malitol, sorbitol and xylitol, are often used as sugar substitutes because they provide a sweet taste that does not raise blood sugar to the degree that sucrose does. This is because they convert to glucose more slowly in your body and do not require much insulin to metabolize.

In addition, sugar alcohols do not cause tooth decay, which is another plus to their use.

However, many people report experiencing gas, bloating and diarrhea when eating sugar alcohols (typically only when eaten in excess, but this varies from person to person).

From a Body Ecology perspective, however, if you do not have these upsetting symptoms, we do recommend most sugar alcohols over even natural sugars because sugars feed candida, contributing to systemic fungal infections.

The Erythritol Difference

Here are a few things that make erythritol a standout as a sugar alcohol.

Erythritol is4:

  • Fermented – it is made by fermenting the natural sugar found in corn.
  • Heat stable up to 160 degrees C.
  • Non-caloric – While most sugar alcohols are low calorie, erythritol has zero calories.
  • Non-glycemic - Does not raise blood sugar – erythritol is considered suitable for people with diabetes because it does not raise plasma glucose or insulin levels.
  • The easiest sugar alcohol to digest – more than 90% of erythritol is absorbed in the small intestine, so minimal amounts reach the colon where other sugar alcohols end up causing diarrhea and other symptoms. Studies have shown that erythritol is even easier to digest than xylitol.
  • Noncarcinogenic– studies have shown that erythritol, like xylitol, does not have carcinogenic properties.
  • An antioxidant – erythritol helps to fight free radicals, responsible for the aging process. It is considered to be even more efficient than other sugar alcohols because it is so readily absorbed and yet not metabolized (it is excreted unchanged).

Erythritol has the status of generally recognized as safe (GRAS) from the FDA and is widely used in many other countries like Japan, the European Union, Mexico and Canada.

Unfortunately, erythritol is not that sweet on its own, so it’s often combined in foods and beverages with other sweeteners...sometimes artificial sweeteners like aspartame, making it less than desirable.

Also,erythritol is the most expensive of the sugar alcohols to produce. This makes it difficult for food manufacturers to use it in commercial products.

A Better Natural Sweetener than Just Erythritol

lakanto

For the best natural sweetener that combines the health benefits of non-GMO erythritol and lo hanguo, try Lakanto! Lakanto has zero calories, is non-glycemic, safe for diabetics and does not feed candida AND it looks, tastes and bakes just like sugar. Indulge your sweet taste today ...  Read More About Lakanto and Try It Today.

While erythritol has plenty of benefits, there is anfar better option available to you...Lakanto.

When searching the world over for a natural sweetener that met all of the Body Ecology health criteria…it does not feed candida, does not cause tooth decay, does not raise blood sugar, tastes great and our BEDROK moms could make an occasional birthday cake for their children recovering from autism... we found LAKANTO.

What really thrilled us was that it works really well in baked goods ...Lakanto is bar none the best zero-calorie, natural sweetener we’ve found for baking. (We don’t recommend coffee on the Body Ecology Diet...but we’re told it is great in coffee too.)

Lakanto is a delicious combination of non-GMO (not genetically modified) erythritol and the naturally sweet fruit, lo han guo (called the “longevity fruit” in China and has many of the same health benefits as erythritol).

They are combined using a very special proprietary process that creates an exceptional product that is a one-to-one substitute for sugar, without calories and any of sugar’s other health issues.

We’re excited about Lakanto because -- finally -- we can provide Body Ecology followers with a natural sweetener you can cook and bake with successfully. Lakanto has also been causing a stir in Japan, where it has been used for over ten years. It is not just APPROVED by the Japanese Ministry of Health for obesity and diabetes…it is actually RECOMMENDED by a government that really seems to care about protecting its people.

Lakanto is our pick for the number one sugar substitute because it allows you to indulge your sweet tooth, without the dangers of sugar or other less desirable sugar substitutes.

How Sweet It Is

With more options to satisfy your sweet tooth, you may find that sticking to a healthy Body Ecology program is easier than ever. And certainly, natural sweeteners like erythritol and Lakanto make it easier to feed yourself and your family healthy treats.

Now you can indulge your sweet cravings without taking a step backward in your health. And nothing is sweeter than that!

Sources:

  1. Munro, C., et. al. Erythritol: An Interpretive Summary of Biochemical, Metabolic, Toxicological and Clinical Data. Food and Chemical Toxicology 36. 1998. 1139 – 1174.
    http://www.stonyfield.com/OurProducts/Saftey%20Review%20Article.pdf

  2. ibid.
  3. Sugar Alcohols. Yale-New Haven Hospital Nutrition Advisor.
    http://www.ynhh.org/online/nutrition/advisor/sugar_alcohol.html

  4. de Cock, Peter and Bechert, Claire-Lise. Erythritol. Functionality in non-caloric beverages. Pure Appl. Chem., Vol. 74, No. 7, pp 1281 – 1289. 2002.
    http://www.iupac.org/publications/pac/2002/pdf/7407x1281.pdf

    1 Munro, C., et. al. Erythritol: An Interpretive Summary of Biochemical, Metabolic, Toxicological and Clinical Data. Food and Chemical Toxicology 36. 1998. 1139 – 1174.
    http://www.stonyfield.com/OurProducts/Saftey%20Review%20Article.pdf

    2 ibid.

    3 Sugar Alcohols. Yale-New Haven Hospital Nutrition Advisor.
    http://www.ynhh.org/online/nutrition/advisor/sugar_alcohol.html

    4 de Cock, Peter and Bechert, Claire-Lise. Erythritol. Functionality in non-caloric beverages. Pure Appl. Chem., Vol. 74, No. 7, pp 1281 – 1289. 2002.
    http://www.iupac.org/publications/pac/2002/pdf/7407x1281.pdf

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11 Comments

  • Someone complained that Lakanto was only 2% lo han guo (the Chinese fruit) so was mostly just erythritol and complained about paying so much more than the regular price of erythritol.
    The fact is that the Chinese fruit in question is a) Extremely sweet and b) Very expensive - when made into a powder - so Lakanto's price is not so over the top as was suggested. Also the whole point of a small amount of the Chinese fruit was to compensate for Erythritol's rather weak sweetness - thereby producing a product with something like the Sweetness of 'sugar.' - Hence Lakanto!

    Posted on Mar 26 at 8:46 am

  • i created my new line of Paleo/Superfood Brownies and Cookies using Lakanto. People love the taste. I use less of it than I use in my regular brownie do to the cost, but people find it plenty sweet enough. I wonder if you could talk a bit more about how Lakanto is produced. The paleo people really do not like processed food. I think it would be hard to argue that Lakanto is not processed, right? But it is so much healthier than the honey and agave nectar that they use in their baked goods. With honey, Ayerveda and a scientific study both warn that it becomes toxic when you heat it. and I've read that Agave nectar is 80 fructose and essentially like high fructose corn syrup. Can you please talk a bit more about these other sweeteners and help me address the concerns of the paleo people about Lakanto?

    Posted on Feb 1 at 7:44 am

  • There is a product called Sin Free Sugar that contains a blend of natural sweeteners including xylose, erythritol and sugars that can be found in plants and vegetables. It doesn't have any calories and no weird aftertaste. I'd try that one

    Posted on Jan 27 at 1:19 pm

  • I have been adding something called "zero" to my coffee ( which is on average two to three cups every morning) for awhile now. It's ONLY INGREDIENT is erythritol. I have diarrhea just about every morning. Has anyone else experienced this as a side effect? I stopped it today to see if this was causing it.

    Posted on Sep 26 at 5:26 pm

  • You had me hooked right up until you stated the Japanese government care about their people... Lol

    Posted on Sep 9 at 10:52 am

  • Autism is NOT like a broken arm but when an Autistic cleanses their body of heavy metal, artificial sweeteners and other crud Autism can be less severe. I know this because my son is Autistic. Please educate yourself.

    Posted on Sep 5 at 2:50 pm

  • ..."recovering" from Autism?
    I think you might want to reword this statement to help you sound more credible overall. People with autism either have it or they do not. There's no recovery. Autism is not a broken bone which heals over time. They may learn to cope Autism function in society despite impairments, just the same as any of us learn how to function in the world, but they do not recover. That implies there is a cure.

    Posted on Jul 19 at 5:30 pm

  • Also, stevia which is highly touted in this book is highly allergenic. But, that is never covered by anyone. I hate the whole stevia thing. I can no longer buy many prot. powders, etc. because they now have stevia. If you have a ragweed allergy, you are likely allergic to stevia.

    Posted on Apr 21 at 9:57 pm

  • One of my concerns when i learned that erythriol was from corn was the GMO problem. I spoke with one of the companies that manufactures a stevia that includes erythritol. They didn't think GMO was a problem, but coudn't be precise about it. Are there other non gmo erythritol's on the market? Also, what do you know about coconut sugar and coconut nectar?

    Posted on Jan 26 at 8:38 am

  • If it's part of the GMO world it should NOT be used until the US mandates GMO labeling
    in it's food chain. People must have a choice in there food choices

    Posted on Jan 5 at 4:32 am

  • Misinformation about erythritol. This product has many side effects with many people but not all.
    You should do better research on this so you are not misleading people into thinking it is without side-effects.
    Oh I see your product Lakanto contains erythritol.

    Posted on Sep 18 at 2:01 pm

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