Erythritol is a unique sweetener that is classified as a sugar alcohol. Structured much like sugar, it is naturally produced in the human body. It is also found in many other natural products including raspberries, watermelon, grapes, pears, and mushrooms! Erythritol differs from other sugar alcohols, as it is virtually calorie free (0.2 per gram on label in the US & is non-caloric in the EU and Japan). It also has no adverse effects on digestion and has several positive health effects.
Erythritol has no insulin response, making it safe for people with diabetes, and therefore desirable in low glycemic load food products. Studies have shown that there is no spike in insulin or blood sugar, and there is also no effect on cholesterol, triglycerides or other biomarkers. (1)
Erythritol actually prevents cavities. Erythritol cannot be broken down by the harmful bacteria and actually prevents them from attacking your teeth.
Many sugar replacers can cause digestive problems. However, Erythritol is the most tolerated polyol in nature.
In recent studies, Erythritol has shown endothelial benefits, where it appears to reduce the "hardening of the arteries."
It even has benefits for home cooking! Unlike artificial sweeteners, Erythritol can be used in applications that require high temperature, such as baking and boiling. So you can make all your same meals, with less calories and the same great taste!