January 2009 Issue
Erythritol Sweeteners Stand Out from the Pack, With Benefits to Boot
Polyols are a type of carbohydrate, so they provide calories, but they arenít sugars, so products using them can be called "sugar-free." While all polyols are lower in calories than table sugar, erythritol is much lower. It is virtually calorie-free (0.2 calories per gram; sugar provides 4 calories, sorbitol 2.6 and xylitol 2.4). The Food and Drug Administration declared erythritol safe more than a decade ago. However, itís only now being used extensively in products like chewing gum, candy, ice cream, baked goods and fruit spreads, as well as in some oral care and cold products.
To continue reading this entire article you must be a paid subscriber.
Subscribe to Environmental Nutrition
Get the next year of Environmental Nutrition for just $20. And access all of our online content - how to fight heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, and dozens of other diseases - free of charge.
Already subscribe but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.
Subscriber Log In
Forgot your password? Click Here.