Erythritol is in a group of foods called sugar alcohols that taste sweet but don’t contain as many calories and have a lower impact on blood glucose. Sugar alcohols should not be confused with artificial sweeteners because although they both reduce calories and glycemic index, sugar alcohols come from natural sources like fruits and vegetables! And don’t worry, sugar alcohols don’t actually contain any alcohol!
Erythritol is a sugar alcohol that’s made from the fermented natural sugar found in corn husks. It has no calories whatsoever and it doesn’t impact blood sugar. It’s normally used in chewing gum, beverages, and in baking. It’s considered very easy to digest because it’s absorbed into the small intestine.
Erythritol was first discovered in 1848 by a Scottish chemist named John Stenhouse. Japan has been using it since the early 1990s in candies, jellies, jams, chocolate (including the common chocolate bar), yogurt, beverages and as a natural sugar substitute. It’s gained popularity in the United States & Australia more recently. Consumers love it because it can have up to 80 percent of the sweetness of sugar, but it’s noncaloric and does not raise blood sugar levels.
What are the benefits of Erythritol?
It doesn’t Spike Blood Sugar or Insulin! Erythritol is described as having a zero glycemic index, and it has not been found to affect blood sugar or insulin levels. For these reasons, erythritol is popular with people on low-carb diets.
Unlike Sugar – it does not cause tooth decay – One important advantage of erythritol is that it does not cause tooth decay. The harmful bacteria in our mouths can use sugar for energy that helps them grow and multiply and erode our teeth. But erythritol is different; it cannot be metabolized by oral bacteria, and it does not cause cavities.
Assist with Obesity Management – As explained above, erythritol plays a great role in managing the blood sugar for diabetes and it will be safe sweetener for diabetes patients. In the same case, it is related to obesity that some studies demonstrated that erythritol can reduce the obesity among adult.
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