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More about erythritol

What is erythritol?

Erythritol (or spelled out "erythritol") is a sugar alcohol that is used as a sweetener in many foods and beverages. It occurs naturally in some fruits and fermented foods, and can also be produced commercially by fermenting glucose by certain types of yeast. This process is similar to making other sugar alcohols like xylitol and lactitol.

Erythritol is also sold in the Xylishop under the ZERO trademark. The ZERO = 0 is derived from 0 calories and the fact that the GLYX index does not increase with consumption. I.e. when taking erythritol, an increase in blood sugar is not detectable.

ZERO is available in organic and conventional in the XYLISHOP. The conventional erythritol comes from European production.

Bio Zero Erythitol

Bio ZERO Erythritol by XYLIPUR

Erythritol has several advantages as a sweetener. It's about 70% as sweet as sugar, but has almost no calories and doesn't affect blood sugar levels. This makes it a popular choice for people with diabetes or those on low-calorie diets. Also, unlike sugar, it does not cause tooth decay, making it a good alternative for people looking to maintain oral health.

Overall, erythritol is a versatile and easily digestible sweetener that can be made by fermenting glucose by yeast. Its low calorie count and lack of impact on blood sugar levels make it a popular choice for people looking for a sugar alternative. However, Ery is one of the sugar alcohols, and even though most people hardly experience any problems with digestion, the legal notice should not be missing: "Excessive consumption may have a laxative effect".

Why is erythritol 100% carbohydrate but only 0 calories*?

Erythritol has almost no calories* because it is not absorbed by human body cells. It is fermented by bacteria in the mouth and intestinal tract instead of being absorbed and converted into energy by the body. In this way it is not used as a source of caloric energy and does not contribute to the daily caloric intake.

This is in contrast to sugar, which is absorbed by the human body's cells and converted into energy, resulting in an increase in caloric energy. Erythritol is therefore a good choice for people who want to watch their caloric intake, for example on a diet or if they have diabetes. It offers the sweetness of sugar without the caloric effects.

How sweet is erythritol?

Erythritol is about 70% as sweet as sugar. This means that you have to use slightly more erythritol than sugar to achieve the same level of sweetness. However, erythritol has many advantages compared to sugar, such as the fact that it has almost no calories and does not affect blood sugar levels.

Because erythritol is less sweet than sugar, it can be difficult to achieve the right level of sweetness in some applications. However, it can be used in combination with other sweeteners to achieve good sweetness. For example, it can be used in combination with Stevia, a natural sweetener, to achieve good sweetness and mouthfeel.

In which areas is erythritol used?

Erythritol is mainly used as a sweetener in foods and beverages. However, it also occurs naturally in some fruits and fermented foods.

Below is a list of examples where erythritol is used:

     Bakery products
     fruit juices
     carbonated drinks (energy drinks, sodas, etc)
     Fitness products (protein shakes, etc.)

Erythritol is also contained in many dental care products because it does not cause tooth decay, e.g.:

     dental care sweets
     chewing gums. However, eryhritol is less commonly used in chewing gum because it has less sweetening power than regular sugar. This requires more volume, which is not desirable in chewing gum.

Overall, many different brands use erythritol as a sweetener in their products. It is important to check the ingredient list to ensure the product contains erythritol if desired. Overall, erythritol has a wide range of uses as a sweetener and can be used in many different types of foods and beverages to provide a good sweetness and low-calorie alternative to sugar.

The manufacture of erythritol

The process of making erythritol is similar to other sugar alcohols. It is produced by fermenting glucose by special types of yeast. The yeast is grown in a special growth medium, such as corn syrup, and then begins to convert the glucose into erythritol.

During fermentation, the erythritol is produced by the yeast and accumulates in the nutrient medium. After the fermentation is complete, the nutrient medium is treated to separate the erythritol from the yeast cells. This can be done, inter alia, by filtration or centrifugation.

Once separated from the yeast cells, the erythritol is purified and crystallized to give it its final form. It can then be sold in various forms such as powder or crystals.

Overall, the process for making erythritol is similar to other sugar alcohols and involves the fermentation of glucose by certain types of yeast, the separation of the erythritol from the yeast cells, and the purification and crystallization of the erythritol.

What is the chemical name of erythritol?

The chemical formula of erythritol is C4H10O4. This formula shows the atomic arrangements of the molecule, including the number and arrangements of the carbon (C), hydrogen (H), and oxygen (O) atoms that contribute to erythritol. Erythritol has four carbon atoms, ten hydrogen atoms, and four oxygen atoms arranged in a specific arrangement to form the erythritol molecule.

The chemical formula can be useful to understand the chemical properties of erythritol and to analyze its composition in comparison to other chemical compounds. It can also be useful in understanding the reactions and processes involved in the manufacture of erythritol.

What are the chemical properties of erythritol?

Erythritol (C4H10O4) is a white, crystalline solid that is soluble in water and has a sweet taste. Erythritol is about 60-70% as sweet as sucrose (table sugar) and almost calorie-free as it is almost completely absorbed by the body but not metabolized. It has a low glycemic index and does not cause tooth decay because it cannot be metabolized by the caries bacteria. Erythritol is also a good humectant, meaning it can help retain moisture in foods. Because of these properties, erythritol is commonly used as a sugar substitute in many food and beverage products.

Recipe for a delicious, low-calorie, chocolate-flavored marble cake

This recipe makes a delicious marble cake with erythritol as a sweetener that offers a great alternative to regular sugar. For a marble cake with erythritol you can use the following recipe:


     100g butter, room temperature
     150g erythritol
     4 eggs
     150ml butter
100g flour
     50g cocoa powder
     1/2 tsp baking powder
     1/4 tsp salt


     Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a loaf tin.
     In a large bowl, whisk together the butter and erythritol until creamy and smooth. Stir in eggs one at a time.
     Add the buttermilk, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt and mix well until you have a smooth batter.
     Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth out.
     Bake in the preheated oven for about 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
     Remove the cake from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.

Once the cake has cooled, you can serve and enjoy as you wish. Bon appetit!

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