Erythritol is the sugar alternative you've been looking for - zero calories and perfect for diabetics

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Among the natural sweeteners is erythritol. We asked the nutritionist Flavio Pettirossi if it is a good alternative to sugar

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Erythritol is a natural sweetener considered a valid alternative to sugar but is this really the case? We asked “our” nutritionist for an opinion.





Among the alternative sweeteners to sugar there is more and more talk of erythritol, a natural variant that is obtained mainly from some vegetables and fruit.

It has a consistency similar to sugar and also the color is equally white but, unlike the latter, in the face of a good sweetening power it has 0 calories and no aftertaste. Among other things, it can be used in cooking and therefore also seems to be perfect in the preparation of desserts.

We asked the nutritionist Flavio Pettirossi  what are the main characteristics of erythritol and if we can safely use it instead of sugar as part of a healthy diet. Here's what he told us:

Erythritol is a very valid alternative to sugar, in fact it has excellent qualities and benefits and above all it does not inflame the intestine. First of all, unlike artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame and acesulfame or natural such as stevia), erythritol is produced starting from the fermentation of sugars naturally present in fruit and other foods of plant origin (in some cases, however, it is obtained from the fermentation of composites sugars, such as sucrose, due to the action of particular types of yeasts).

And what about flavor?

It doesn't have an aftertaste like it happens with artificial sweeteners or stevia. This allows us to be able to use it also in the preparation of desserts.

What are the benefits of this natural sweetener?

Erythritol has a sweetening power equal to 70% of common sugar and unlike sucrose which provides 4kcal / g it is calorie-free. It is also not a cariogenic product, this is because it cannot be digested by the bacteria in our mouth, which cannot therefore feed on it to obtain energy and grow indiscriminately, contributing to the erosion of the enamel and the formation of caries. This makes it very useful for children as well. It is a vegan, gluten free product and has a very low glycemic index, which makes it useful even for those who follow a diet and for diabetics.



Are there possible side effects in its use?

The only side effect of erythritol is that if consumed in excessive doses it can have laxative effects, so we try to limit ourselves to the maximum daily dose: for children it is 15 g, for adults it is 20-35 g (about 0,5 , 1-XNUMXg per kg weight).

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