What is Erythritol?
Erythritol is a naturally produced sweetener that has a sweetening power of about 60% to 70% compared to commercial sugar.
Visually, Erythritol resembles sugar and has no calories. However, it is 30-40% less sweet compared to regular table sugar. 100 grams of sugar has about the same sweetening power as 130-140 grams of Erythritol.
Sweets without sugar!
Fortunately, so that we don't have to give up sweets, there are sugar alternatives that let us snack without a guilty conscience. Erythritol is one of them. It looks like normal sugar and tastes like it too. If you want to enjoy without frustration and with a lot of pleasure, you have made the right choice with Erythritol.
Alternative to sugar
When using the sugar alternative Erythritol, you have almost all the possibilities that you also have with sugar. Erythritol has recently become very popular, especially because of its calorie-free and tooth-care properties.
The product is made exclusively from vegetable raw materials (without genetic engineering) and is ideal for baking, desserts and sweet dishes. The sweetener is suitable for all those who want to sweeten their desserts and hot drinks without calories.
Similar to beer and wine, Erythritol is produced by fermenting sugar.
Sweet enjoyment is also possible without sugar
Sugar is hidden in agave syrup, fructose or honey in a large number of foods. That is why it is difficult to avoid sugar completely.
However, the sugar alternatives that are particularly high in fructose are particularly unfavourable, because fructose is hardly used by the body to produce energy. Fructose is converted directly into fat and stored in the liver. Artificially produced sweeteners such as acesulfame-K, aspartame and sucralose have fallen into disrepute mainly because they indirectly promote fat storage.
Our sugar alternative, on the other hand, consists of the sugar substitute Erythritol. It is 100% natural and is a calorie-free sugar substitute made from corn through fermentation. The particularly tooth-friendly is of course GMO-free. The sweetener Erythritol tastes like sugar and is also almost identical in appearance, but without the harmful disadvantages of sugar.
Sweetening without calories with Erythritol
Health and nutrition-conscious people have not been using sugar for a long time, but sweeten and bake with sugar substitutes such as Erythritol (Erythritol), because alternative sweeteners are currently in vogue.
It is a sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in small amounts, for example in cheese or grapes. It is produced by fermentation of glucose.
The health risks associated with sugar are great. Especially if too much of it is taken, which is a real problem in today's society. There are many studies on the fact that increased sugar consumption makes people ill in the long run. Elevated blood sugar levels are not only a problem for healthy people, but also for patients with diabetes.
Those who want to take a healthier path and do without sugar consumption can now find numerous alternatives. Sugar substitutes can be used to partially or even completely replace sugar, such as Erythritol or Stevia.
Benefits with reduced sugar consumption
There are many reasons to avoid consuming sugar in your everyday life. Whether it is to lose weight, to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle, to avoid certain diseases or to treat them, it always makes sense to reduce sugar consumption.
- The body can suffer from sugar addiction. By releasing certain neurotransmitters, the reward system in the brain is activated. For this reason, the craving for sweets is particularly strong in stressful situations.
- Overweight is promoted by high sugar consumption. Superfluous sugar is not consumed by the body, but stored in the form of fat. The consequences can be serious diseases such as obesity or type 2 diabetes.
- The immune system is weakened by excessive sugar consumption. Sugar can contribute to cell ageing through the deposition of cell proteins. White blood cells, which are normally supposed to protect us from disease, are also compromised by excess sugar.
- Sugar also promotes the formation of caries. Caries bacteria feed on sugar. Increased sugar consumption is a perfect starting point for cavities in the teeth.
The sugar alternative Erythritol is a calorie-free sugar substitute
Erythritol is a calorie-free sugar substitute. It is popular for sweetening drinks and food because it is blood sugar neutral. For athletes, diabetics and dieters, this "light" sugar substitute is particularly popular for this reason. It is also tooth-friendly. As a sugar substitute, it is often used for sugar-free drinks.
Pure Erythritol is produced in France and fermented into Erythritol with the help of yeast cultures from glucose produced from corn starch. After purification and crystallisation, it looks like sugar and tastes like sugar. As a rule, we do not sell organic Erythritol because it is only produced in China. Erythritol is very suitable for baking and for the healthy enjoyment of sugar-free desserts.
Enjoy without a guilty conscience - sweetening without added sugar
How healthy is Erythritol?
Erythritol (E 968) is hardly metabolised by our body, which is why it has no effect on blood sugar levels. Besides food cravings, the sugar alcohol also prevents flatulence. The reason for this is that over 90 percent of the unchanged Erythritol is excreted in the urine.
Its harmlessness to health has already been proven in numerous international studies. Despite an extremely high dose of 1000 mg per kilogram of body weight, no gastrointestinal disorders or similar occurred in a clinical study. A daily dose of 0.7g/kg per kilogram of body weight per day can be taken without any problems.
The positive properties of Erythritol
One advantage of the sugar substitute Erythritol is that it has almost no calories and therefore does not burden the pancreas. The blood sugar level is hardly affected. The reason for this is that it is almost not metabolised by the body. For this reason, the glycaemic index of Erythritol is 0. When Erythritol is consumed, the blood sugar level does not rise and cravings do not occur.
Unlike sugar, Erythritol provides a long-lasting feeling of satiety and has a glycaemic index of 0. Thus, the sugar substitute has no influence on the blood sugar level.
- Zero calories
- No carbohydrates
- Is also suitable for diabetics
- Looks like sugar
- Tastes like sugar
Erythritol is a natural sweetener that consists of carbohydrates. Nevertheless, it is perfectly suitable for a low-carb diet. Erythritol is not metabolised. More than 90 % of the sweetener is excreted unchanged in the urine. The remaining 10 % is excreted via the large intestine. There are no calories to be counted, as no conversion into energy takes place.
The sugar substitute consists of small white crystals and looks like sugar. Pure Erythritol contains no flavours, allergens, genetic engineering or additives. Other advantages are that Erythritol does not change with temperature fluctuations, is heat stable and does not absorb moisture.
In a health-conscious diet, Erythritol is an excellent sugar substitute due to the above-mentioned properties. In addition, Erythritol promotes the maintenance of tooth mineralisation and Erythritol does not provide a base for caries bacteria. For this reason, tooth protection is another advantage.
The disadvantages of Erythritol
Some people see it as a disadvantage that Erythritol has a lower sweetness than sugar. This is also reflected in the energy of the sugar substitute. Refined sugar, for example, contains about 390 calories per 100 grams, while Erythritol's figure is only about 20.
- only 70% of the sweetening power of sugar
- Very expensive to process
- Harmful for pets
The sugar substitute Erythritol is generally easy to digest. However, some users may experience various side effects such as abdominal pain, flatulence and diarrhoea, even with small amounts. For this reason, it is advisable to increase the intake slowly at the beginning.
One disadvantage is that it has only about 70% of the sweetening power of sugar. The dosage must therefore be converted in recipes.
How is the sugar substitute Erythritol produced?
Erythritol is a so-called sugar alcohol, which is a naturally occurring molecule. It is also found in small quantities in fruits such as watermelons, grapes or pears.
By means of fermentation, Erythritol is obtained from glucose, which is produced from the starch of corn. First, the glucose is mixed with yeast. Organic substances are converted into acids or alcohols in the process. The latter causes the grape sugar to ferment. Then the fermented mixture is heated and boiled down. During this process, Erythritol crystals are formed, which are cleaned, dissolved again and filtered several times to produce pure Erythritol crystals from which impurities can be removed.
From a chemical point of view, part of the Erythritol resembles sugar and another part resembles alcohol. For this reason, Erythritol is counted among the sugar alcohols. These are also called polyols, but do not contain any "real" alcohol (ethanol). Sugar alcohols are not comparable to drinking alcohol and are not drinkable or intoxicating and Halal.
The use and dosage of Erythritol
Erythritol can be used excellently as an alternative to sugar for cooking and baking as well as sweetening drinks or food. It is heat stable up to 180°C and water soluble. Compared to sugar, the sweetening power of Erythritol is about 70%. To achieve the same sweetening power of 100 grams of sugar, one should therefore use about 130 grams of Erythritol. In principle, Erythritol can be used wherever sugar is normally used. However, since the sugar substitute crystallises, it should not be used for making jam.
However, due to the slightly different sweetening power to household sugar, a little conversion is required. To compensate for this difference, sprinkle sweeteners, a mixture of Erythritol and Stevia, are a good choice. These can replace sugar 1:1.The carbohydrates contained in Erythritol occur as sugar alcohols and are not usable by the body in the same way as sugar. For this reason, Erythritol is also called low carb sugar. Although it contains neither sugar nor usable carbohydrates, the sugar substitute is not completely carbohydrate-free. Erythritol is only so suitable for a low carb diet because it is not processed in the metabolism as an energy supplier.
The difference between Erythritol and xylitol
In terms of structure, the two sweeteners are very similar. Both xylitol and Erythritol belong to the so-called low carb sugar substitutes. They are both sugar alcohols and have many positive properties.
Both sugar substitutes are suitable for diabetes as well as fructose intolerance. Unlike sugar, they cause neither cravings nor tooth decay.
However, there is a fundamental difference in the energy. While you consume about 240 calories with 100 grams of xylitol, Erythritol is calorie-free. As already mentioned, Erythritol has only about 70% of the sweetening power of sugar. With xylitol, it is about identical to that of sugar. When consuming xylitol, a slight increase in blood sugar levels is to be expected, whereas with Erythritol there is no increase. Normally, Erythritol is easily digestible at all times.
The situation is different when xylitol is ingested. This can lead to slight digestive problems, especially at the beginning, so that the body has to get used to the sugar substitute slowly.
The sugar substitute Erythritol is the better choice especially if you value a ketogenic diet and only want to consume very few carbohydrates.
Thanks to the various advantages, both sugar alternatives have their justification. They have been well researched and are excellent for diabetics and people who opt for a low carb diet.
It should be noted, however, that both Erythritol and xylitol are very harmful to pets and should be kept out of reach.
Erythritol - the natural sweetener without calories
A big advantage over sugar is that Erythritol contains no calories. Through the stomach and duodenum alone, 90% of Erythritol is absorbed and excreted. This low energy density leads to a greater sense of well-being without having to give up the sweet treat we humans love. For these reasons, the sweetener can be consumed without a guilty conscience.
Due to its very low-calorie content, Erythritol is becoming increasingly popular, not only among people who want to reduce their body weight. With about 0.2 calories, Erythritol is very low in calories. If you compare this value with sugar, you will find that Erythritol has about 20 times fewer calories. This is because household sugar has about 4 calories per gram.
Especially diabetics and health-conscious people use this low-carbohydrate sugar substitute, because Erythritol is easy to digest and does not affect the blood sugar level.
Information on the pharmaceutical significance of Erythritol can also be found in the Deutsche Apotheker Zeitung on the contents shown here.
Slowly digestible carbohydrates
Erythritol causes the blood sugar level to rise only slowly, as it consists exclusively of very slowly digestible carbohydrates. This means that the feeling of satiety lasts much longer. Foods with fast-digesting carbohydrates, on the other hand, cause a significant rise in blood sugar levels. This includes, for example, cola, chocolate, French fries or sugar itself. This increase results in a rapidly returning feeling of hunger.
In order to be able to determine this effect, each food is classified in the so-called glycaemic index. The higher the glycaemic index, the greater the rise in blood sugar levels. Dextrose, which has a glycaemic index of 100, serves as a benchmark for this.
A look at the value of Erythritol reveals: The sweetener is particularly suitable for weight loss, because it has a glycaemic index of 0.
Also suitable for diabetics
Erythritol is suitable for diabetics because the body's own enzymes can only break down Erythritol to a lesser extent and much more slowly than conventional sugar. Glucose and insulin levels in the blood do not rise at all after eating products containing Erythritol, because Erythritol has no effect on blood sugar levels. Erythritol as a natural insulin stabiliser can therefore be used accordingly well by diabetics.
Erythritol and caries prevention
Erythritol not only cares for the teeth, but also prevents the formation of caries bacteria and the bacteria-induced gum infection periodontitis. One example is the so-called Streptococcus bacteria, which attach themselves to the Erythritol and thus become immobile. They can no longer attach themselves to the teeth and do not multiply. Healthier, stronger teeth and better oral hygiene as well as less caries are the result.
Without sugar, genetic engineering and palm oil
In addition to not using sugar, our products are made entirely without genetic engineering and palm oil. As there is a lack of long-term studies on the safety of genetic engineering, we do not use any genetically modified raw materials in our production.
As a matter of principle, we do not use palm oil in our products. Due to the high consumption of palm oil, large areas of rainforest are cleared to build palm oil plantations. Not only do the local people suffer because of poor working conditions, but also the native animals such as the orangutan, the tiger or the rhinoceros, whose habitat is destroyed by us.
What is palm oil?
With a market share of 30%, palm oil is the most produced oil worldwide. The vegetable oil is extracted from the pulp of the fruits of the oil palm. Palm oil is one of the cheapest vegetable oils. Oil palms are much more productive than other oil-bearing plants.
We introduced the sugar substitute Erythritol in this article. It was described and explained how it is produced, its properties and its advantages over sugar were highlighted. Tips on how to use Erythritol complement this information. This natural sugar substitute has no calories or bitter aftertaste.
Where can you buy Erythritol?
You can buy Erythritol offline in pharmacies, health food stores and supermarkets. Online shops are often cheaper, but pay attention to the origin and quality of the Erythritol!
With many cheap offers on eBay or Amazon, the origin is China or is not declared at all. Therefore, when buying, pay attention to the origin and buy Erythritol from European production. Here you can buy high-quality 100% pure Erythritol in a large selection without additives.