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

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


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!


  1. Munro, C., et. al. Erythritol: An Interpretive Summary of Biochemical, Metabolic, Toxicological and Clinical Data. Food and Chemical Toxicology 36. 1998. 1139 – 1174.

  2. ibid.
  3. Sugar Alcohols. Yale-New Haven Hospital Nutrition Advisor.

  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.

    1 Munro, C., et. al. Erythritol: An Interpretive Summary of Biochemical, Metabolic, Toxicological and Clinical Data. Food and Chemical Toxicology 36. 1998. 1139 – 1174.

    2 ibid.

    3 Sugar Alcohols. Yale-New Haven Hospital Nutrition Advisor.

    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.

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  • Shenose

    May be safe for those healthy youngsters watching their figure or for someone with diabetes but what about those with liver damage and who may be fighting cancer, is a “sugar alcohol” safe for them? I think not.

  • Cheryl

    It causes inflammation for me....I wake up with inflamed sinuses the day after eating it every time!

  • librastrahl

    "Recovering from Autism". Autism doesn't go away. It just doesn't cause the same effect as sugar does in those of us with autism. However, studies on our biochemistry still have to be done with the product.

  • Nicole O.

    Gives me hives - all over my body hives. It was in Vitamin water and Bai. Never again. I will stick to water, coffee, and unsweetened tea.

  • stephencarlsbad

    Eating foods made with Erythritol causes me massive and continuous gum bleeding, like I have a severe gingivitis infection. I stopped using the fake sugar.

  • Jrock-kodama

    Speaking as someone violently allergic to erythritol sweetener (instant anaphylactic shock), I strongly recommend that you get your information right.

  • Mink

    i'm experiencing over night weight gain when i eat erythritol. legitimately wake in the morning 2-3lbs heavier and very puffy. i also have PCOS and Hashimoto's so for me overnight weight gain isn't entirely unusual when eating regular sugar but anyone else experiencing this specifically from erythritol? curious. thanks!

  • Annette

    First off, you're references are VERY OUTDATED!!! They are from 1998 and 2002. I would like to see references from 2014 and 2015, please.

  • David Greene

    A whole lot of opinion, and virtually no facts (outside of the chemistry section). This just looks like "alternative" foods pushing based on misinformation and a lack of any scientific support. I stopped reading after the scientifically supported section.

  • Ann

    Many or most baked goods are baked at 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) so what happens to the erythritol at this temperature? Does it become unsafe to use?
    What does "heat stable" mean exactly?

  • Gary

    I wonder maybe you can't really fool Mother Nature. I've used most of the substitute sweeteners and not a single one is without fairly serious issues. Erythritol, consistently leaves folks with a strange dry mouth effect which can last for hours. Even after drinking much water. Why? Don't know. But the mouth, with its natural bacteria is where several important body chemicals are created, including the one that keeps our arteries relaxed and not constricted. Whatever erythritol does in the mouth, the predictable hours long dryness it produces can not be good for that natural process. In the end, it's probably better, in this candida ridden era, to just eat a little fresh fruit occasionally and learn to pass on all these sugars, real or fake.

  • John

    Lots of opinion - not much fact except the chemistry of erythritol. Statistical trials appear to prove erythritol is generally recognised as safe (GRAS). What about the sub-clinical effects ? Are there any studies that collate sub-clinical effects ? I've heard conflicting views about whether erythritol is safe or not. I agree that if erythritol is made from processed GMO corn then I have concerns about whether the biochemistry of processes in GMO corn are identical to non-GMO corn and whether there might be negative effects from that. I've also heard of unsubstantiated reports that erythritol is a carcinogen but have no evidence for that. This concerns me but without evidence this report is just opinion. Does anyone have any solid leads on this, please ?

  • Lisa

    For the person who asked if there is a non-GMO Erythritol, yes! I use one that is made by NOW Real Food.

  • Terri

    I use mainly coconut sugar and coconut nectar. They're not man-made or highly processed. Lower glycemic than regular sugar. It's best to stay away from sugars entirely but if you want to have that little splurge use something real. Coconut sugar does well in baking and everything else I've tried it in. I use coconut nectar on my pancakes and waffles. A little goes a long way. It is thick in the bottle so for pancakes I warm a little up so it pours easier and goes farther. Delicious!

  • Jen

    I've had three very bad allergic reactions to erythritol. First time was a quest protein bar, the second time was from vitamin water and today from truvia which at least pointing out exactly what it was. An allergy to erythritol didn't show up in a food allergy test (blood test). Watch out for this stuff.

  • Jen

    Erythritol is a sugar alcohol and because it is not fully absorbed like other sugar alcohols, such as xylitol, sorbitol, etc., it therefore produces digestive disorders for many people = gas, bloating, loose bowels.

    Erythritol is a concentrated granular fructose which contains an extremely high level of fructose = 99%. Fructose at such high amounts from either natural occurrence in fruit or from other manufactured sources, is not at all a healthful choice. It is damaging to the liver, produces high levels of triglycerides circulating in the bloodstream and adds to adipose (fat) tissue in the body.

    The concept of sweeteners that are man-made/manufactured in any way shape or form do not equate to healthful items of consumption. Period.

  • David Parsley

    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!

  • laura katleman

    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?

  • Theresa

    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

  • Theresa

    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.


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

  • Wendyann

    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.

  • Justin

    ..."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.

  • Chandra

    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.

  • Linda

    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?

  • Terry

    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

  • halime

    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.

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