Erythrol (erythritol) is one of the sweeteners most often chosen by people struggling with the problem of diabetes, overweight and obesity.
Its taste and appearance resemble traditional sugar. Nevertheless, it differs significantly from it in terms of health properties. It is low in calories and promotes oral health.
Erytrol use - for baking and much more
Erytrol has been used in Poland as a sugar substitute since 2008. It is used both for sweetening tea and baking homemade cakes. In addition, this product can be used in the production of low calorie jams, ice cream or jellies. In the food industry, erythritol is also used as a flavor suppressant, product thickener and flavor enhancer. It is also worth knowing that erythritol sugar is used in the cosmetic industry. In this case, it is mainly used as a glycerin replacement, preventing the product from spoiling too quickly.
Erythrol calorific value
Erythrol has only 0.2 to 0.4 kcal per gram of product. For comparison, 1 g of sugar contains as much as 4 calories. Therefore, erytrol can be a valuable support for people who are trying to get rid of excess weight.
Erythrol What is it?
Erythrol, like xylitol and mannitol, belongs to the group of sugar alcohols (so-called polyols). This chemical compound has a low caloric content and a low glycemic index. This means that it does not suddenly raise blood glucose levels. Erythrol is found naturally in some fruits (for example, pears or grapes) and in pollen, mushrooms, seafood, sea algae, lichens, and fermentable beverages (for example, wine). This product is obtained by synthesizing yeast from waste glycerin.
Erytrol both in taste and appearance resembles traditional food sugar. Nevertheless, it is slightly less sweet. It is estimated that it ensures the sweetness of sugar in about 60%, or even 70%. It is also worth knowing that consumption of this product leaves the mouth with a pleasant and delicate feeling of coolness.
Health properties of erythritol
Erythrole is not synthesized by the human body, which means that it is excreted in the urine unchanged. Therefore, its consumption does not cause any adverse effects in the digestive system. It is also worth knowing that erythritol, due to its similar taste and sweetness to traditional sugar, can be a valuable element in the prevention of caries in children and adults. Additionally, erythritol has an antioxidant effect. This means that it is responsible for protecting the body against the harmful effects of free radicals.
Erythrol for diabetics?
The glycemic index of erythritol is 0. This means that it is completely safe for people struggling with the problem of diabetes or insulin resistance.
It is also worth knowing that this product is widely used in the kitchen. Therefore, it can be successfully used as a sugar substitute in the diet of people with diabetes.
Contraindications and side effects of erythritol
Numerous scientific studies prove that erythritol is not harmful to health. This thesis is confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO). Moreover, unlike other sweeteners, in the case of erythritol, it was not necessary to establish the maximum daily intake. However, in some people excessive consumption of erythritol can cause certain side effects, such as:
- stomach aches
- abdominal distension and unpleasant gas
- diarrhea and diarrhea.
The appearance of the above symptoms depends on the individual predisposition and sensitivity of the organism.
There are no clear contraindications for the consumption of erythritol by both children and adults.