Is Erythritol Considered To Be Dangerous?
Erythritol gets a lot of heat, but it isn't the dangerous health hazard people think it is. It might sound chemical, but as a matter of fact, it is a natural, low-calorie sweetener that tastes exactly like sugar but without any negative side effects.
Erythritol is the perfect companion for intense sweeteners like Monkfruit extract (which is 300 times sweeter than sugar by itself), since it’s naturally occurring and can easily be turned into liquid and solid states. It is great for bulking and improving the taste of other sweeteners, and is an excellent substitute for sugar, without any of the health issues that accompany it.
So let's dig in to know a little bit more about this healthy sugar substitute.What Is Erythritol?
Erythritol is a sugar alcohol found abundantly in nature and is its own category of sweetener. It’s found naturally in certain foods, such as grapes, mushrooms, watermelons, and pears. It is also a byproduct of certain fermentation processes, such as when cheese, beer, wine, or soy sauce are made.
It was first isolated in 1852, but only gained FDA approval in 2001, making it one of the newer entrants in the sweetener market.Where Is It Used?
This sugar substitute is a naturally abundant sweetener that is becoming popular day by day, particularly in the food industry.
It is commonly used to sweeten:
- Low-calorie foods
- Sugar-free candies and chocolates
- Chewing gum
- Coffee and tea
- Energy drinks
- Baked goods
Unlike your regular table sugar, erythritol does not spike your blood sugar or insulin. But that isn’t it.
- It doesn’t feed the bacteria that cause cavities in your mouth.
- It has a very low glycemic index (GI=0)
- It acts as an antioxidant and may improve blood vessel function in people with type 2 diabetes.
- It gets easily digested in your gut.
- It may prevent the development of conditions like constipation, renal failure and acidity.
The low-calorie sweetener erythritol may seem too good to be true, but it has its own disadvantages.
As you know, anything consumed in an extreme amount will lead to an extreme result, it's the same with sugar alcohols. Eating large quantities of it can cause gas, bloating and stomach ache, but it’s improbable that much can even be consumed at once!
Although it must be noted that with erythritol, one will experience less amount of gastric distress compared to other substitutes. Even though the manufacturing costs of Erythritol is significantly higher compared to regular sugar, its benefits surpass the costs.Conclusion
With this elaborated review of erythritol, you can see that it is not the villain everyone makes it out to be. We hope we’ve answered some of your pressing questions on why we choose it as a bulking agent for Lakanto Monkfruit Sweeteners, as it’s, simply put, the best choice there is for you to choose a healthier, happier lifestyle mentally, physically and emotionally.