What is Erythritol?
Erythritol is a sugar substitute that is NO sugar, low-carb, easy to use and will NOT affect your blood sugar levels if you are a Diabetic. Perfect for sticking to your Keto diet!
Erythritol is a sugar alcohol that contains almost no calories, is low-carb, does not affect your blood sugar and does not cause tooth decay.
Though Erythritol is a sugar alcohol, it has nothing to do with drinking alcohol. Other sugar alcohols include xylitol, sorbitol, mannitol, lactitol, and maltitol, many of which show up on the labels of all sorts of sugar-free products.
I would not be exaggerating if I said Erythritol was an “almost” perfect sugar substitute for anyone who is diabetic or is on a low-carb or ketogenic diet.
What Is The Downside Of Erythritol?
Erythritol can cause side effects including diarrhea, stomach discomfort and headaches in some people. This often happens if you consume it in large quantities. The solution to this is to start with very small quantities and let your body get used to it.
The Perfect Sugar Taste
Though Erythritol can be used by itself as a sugar substitute (it is 70% to 90% as sweet as sugar) many people prefer to mix it with several other sweeteners to achieve that perfect sugar taste. There are several name brand products that use erythritol as the main ingredient including the THM sweeteners and Swerve.
Why Erythritol DOES NOT Affect Your Blood Sugar Levels
When you ingest Erythritol it is quickly absorbed into the small intestine where the majority of it (90%) is expelled through your urine. Basically, Erythritol moves through your body undigested, thus not affecting your metabolism and not affecting your blood glucose levels.
I am Diabetic and have struggled for years to find sugar substitutes that do not skyrocket my blood sugar readings. My favorite sweetener is Stevia, BUT Stevia is more than a challenge to cook and bake with. Erythritol solves all the baking problems because it acts almost like sugar by browning baked goods and acting like a thickener in sauces and cooking.
Though I have been known just to dip into my Erythritol container, I most often make my own sweetener blends. If you are familiar with the THM eating plan and recipes … here are copycat recipes for their super sweet blend and their gentle sweet blend. It literally takes minutes and saves your dollars for other low carb products that can’t be cloned.
Thin Healthy Mama (THM)
Erythritol is one of the main ingredients of both of the THM (Trim Healthy Mama) branded sweetener blends. You can save a lot of money by purchasing Erythritol, Xylitol and Stevia in bulk and making your own THM copycat blends.
Where Can You Find Erythritol?
You most likely cannot find Erythritol, Xylitol or pure stevia powder in your local groceries, so you’ll want to order it online.
Here are my recommendations. They are all available on Amazon and yes, these are Amazon Affiliate Links.
If you want a great tasting sweetener mix already done for you I recommend Swerve Granular Sweetener
Sweetener Blend Recipes:
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This article was originally published on the Sugar-Free-Zone.com
Melanie Rockett has been a freelance writer for over 40 years. About 15 years ago she was diagnosed with Diabetes — and began a long journey of discovery. Today she lives a sugar-free life and has lost 120 pounds. Her website Sugar-Free-Zone.com is all about living sugar-free and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
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