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Sugar Alcohols - Erythritol - What Is Erythritol?

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In this video I discuss Erythritol, which is a sugar alcohol that is added to many foods to increase their sweetness without increasing calorie count.





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Erythritol is a sugar alcohol. Sugar alcohols are sweeteners that are often added to foods such as chewing gum, protein bars and beverages. They are carbs that are attractive sugar alternatives, because they contain less calories than sugar, and have fewer negative health effects.

Sugar alcohols are similar, in chemical makeup, to sugar and alcohol, however, erythritol and other sugar alcohols do not contain ethanol, which is the compound that gets you intoxicated.

Some sugar alcohols naturally occur in some plant foods, but most are commercially processed from glucose, sucrose and starch. Erythritol is 70% as sweet as sugar.

Erythritol can be purchased in both granulated and powdered forms. It contains 0.2 calories per gram, compared to 4.0 calories per gram of straight sugar, erythritol does not cause tooth decay, which gives it another advantage over sugar.

Some of the side effects of consuming high amounts of erythritol include diarrhea, and upset stomach because it is not completely absorbed in the digestive system. While erythritol has a caloric advantage over sugar, I could find no true health benefits in consuming it.

If you see erythritol listed on the ingredients list of a food item, this isn’t a bad item you need to avoid. Look at the other ingredients and see how healthy they are. Most food manufactures are using this ingredient just to keep calorie count down.

Consuming erythritol in moderate amounts should not negatively affect your health, unless your digestive system is sensitive to it.

Timestamps
0:00 What is erythritol and what are sugar alcohols?
0:35 Nutrients of erythritol
0:47 Side effects of erythritol

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