Thoughts on Erythritol

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 05, 2012 at 2:07 AM

I notice that many SO coconut products use this sweetener. From Wikipedia it seems to just be fermented sugar that's low glycemic and indigestible by probiotic bacteria. What do you all think about it?

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on January 05, 2012
at 04:33 AM

I would prefer more natural sugars, too, like Jackie, but I'm diabetic, and even a small amount of "real" sugar affects my blood glucose. Of all my options for substitutions, erythritol is my favorite, actually. No GI distress (for me), no weird aftertaste (though it's definitely not the same as sugar), and no blood glucose spike. I mean, I don't make "paleo treats" often, but it's nice to have something that works when honey or maple syrup is going to have too much impact on my bg.



on January 05, 2012
at 03:42 PM

I bought some Stevita brand stevia packets a while back that used erythritol as the filler and to add additional sweetness (instead of maltodextrin). Personally, I couldn't get used to the flavor of the sweetness. It didn't taste right in my opinion. I might be willing to give it a try in another vehicle, since I am not big on the Stevita brand of stevia anymore (ever since I tried Kal brand, I can't go back).

But erythritol is thought to be the best of the sugar alcohols with respect to digestibility, even better than Xylitol. All the research I've done on erythritol spoke very well of it, but there was also some speculative comments thrown in that still nobody knows for sure if ingesting sugar alcohols regularly is really a good idea to begin with.



on January 05, 2012
at 03:16 AM

I guess I would prefer regular organic sugar, honey or maple syrup to a sugar alcohol (though according to my biochemist husband, all sugars are alcohols). I don't find it to be as satisfying as real sugars, Vitamin Water makes a low calorie version with erythritol and it doesn't have that satisfying viscosity of sugar, even a low sugar drink. Also, most sugar alcohols can cause bowel disturbances since they really aren't digested, but erythritol and xylitol are noted to do this less than maltitol (which is delicious by the way, back from my Atkins days). I would say, strictly speaking, not very paleo, but try it out and see how it works for you.

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