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On my quest to discover all erythritol sweeteners available on store shelves, I found almost 180 products. See the complete list and how they compare here.
ERYTHRITOL BRANDS & PRODUCTS
There is A LOT to see here. Scroll down to explore it all or, if you are short on time, make your choice below:
Pure Erythritol | GranulatedErythritol is a polyol or sugar alcohol - a type of carbohydrate that, unlike sugar, is digested slowly. It is less sweet than sugar (~70% the sweetness of regular sugar), and require a 'laxation claim' in food labels. Is offered as a natural sweetener as is produced by natural fermenation process. It is considered a low-calorie sweetener as it provides 0.2 kcal/g.
Erythritol | + SteviaIn my quest to discover all the tabletop sweeteners containing stevia blended with erythritol, I found 40 different products. Almost thirty are sweeter than table sugar and 11 are conveniently measured like sugar on a one to one ratio. Stevia and erythritol complement each other very well. Check them out!
Erythritol | + Monk FruitIn my quest to discover all the tabletop sweeteners containing monk fruit blended with erythritol, I found almost 20 products. Some are sweeter than table sugar, others are conveniently measured like sugar on a one to one ratio. Monk fruit and erythritol complement each other very well. Check them out!
Erythritol | + SucraloseIn my quest to discover all the tabletop sweeteners containing erythritol, check out what I have found!
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Note that, in most blends, you are essentially consuming straight erythritol with just a hint of high-intensity sweeteners (HIS) such as stevia, monk fruit or sucralose. The weight ratio between erythritol and HIS is in some cases 200 to 2000 (erythritol) to about 1. It means that although 99% of the weight comes from erythritol, 70 to 99% of the sweetness comes from the HIS. Learn why here.
When measuring erythritol blends consider the following:
Quick Facts about Erythritol
Erythritol is found naturally in some foods (fruits, mushrooms, fermented foods) however, due to being available in minuscule amounts, the store-bought erythritol is a synthetic sweetener produced from corn via fermentation or an electrochemical process. When made from non-GMO corn, it is imported from China.
Erythritol is 60 to 70% as sweet as table sugar. Expect to add 1.3x more and pay a higher price than table sugar to get the same sweetness. To compensate for the reduced sweetness, you will find erythritol combined with high-intensity sweeteners (stevia, monk fruit, sucralose). See all blends above. Erythritol and its blends produce crispy and soft baked goods, but they don't dissolve as readily as table sugar.
When eaten in powder form, erythritol creates a cooling sensation as it dissolves in the mouth, referred to as a cooling effect. To minimize the cooling effect, it is often blended with other low-digestible sweeteners (polyols and soluble fibers such as inulin and FOS).
The caloric value per gram is close to zero (0.4 cal), being promoted as a calorie-free sweetener. Powdered erythritol provides1.2 calories per teaspoon. Granulated erythritol has about 1.6 calories per teaspoon. One cup of erythritol has approximately 75 calories.
Most of the erythritol you consume is absorbed and excreted unchanged, without any decomposition, through urine. A small amount of erythritol, anywhere from10 to 40% of the amount ingested, reaches the large intestine, where it may have two effects: (1) is fermented by gut microbes and, as a result, contributes energy which is minimal if you eat small amounts; (2) excessive intake of pure erythritol on an empty stomach and without any other food may cause bloating, cramps, and laxative effects.
Advantage: 1.2 to 1.6 calories per teaspoon, 75 cal per cup; no effect on blood glucose level; tastes, and looks a lot like table sugar. Disadvantage: Compared to table sugar, it is 60 to 75% less sweet and 8 to 40x more expensive (cost varies from $4 to $20/lb); it may cause adverse gastrointestinal effects.
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