Written By: Ahuva Shain on May 22, 2021 — Fact checked by Yocheved Millman MS, RDN

 

Have you peered closely at the label of some of your food products and seen “erythritol” on the ingredient list? If you’ve been wondering what it is, here is some information for you.

Erythritol is a type of carbohydrate called a sugar alcohol, or polyol, which is a water soluble compound. It is used as a food additive and also a sugar substitute. It occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables, but it is produced in large quantities through the process of fermentation.

Erythritol offers the same health benefits as other polyols, like being safe for teeth and suitable for people with diabetes. However, there are also two unique nutritional advantages. The first advantage is that at only 0.24 calories per gram, erythritol contains almost zero calories. This amount is only 6% of the calories in regular sugar. The second advantage is that the body has an excellent tolerance to it, which can avoid gastrointestinal discomfort. This contrasts with other sugar alcohols like xylitol or maltitol, which are known to cause discomfort.

Monk fruit is one sweetener that is commonly blended with erythritol to make a 1:1 sugar replacement that can replace sugar in equal amounts in recipes. Erythritol is the perfect addition to pure monk fruit extract because it acts as a bulking agent and has a similar taste to sugar. On its own, erythritol is only 70% as sweet as regular sugar, while monk fruit extract is 150-300 times sweeter than sugar. Therefore, blending erythritol with pure monk fruit extract in a precise ratio produces a monk fruit product with the same sweetness as sugar! In effect, this simplifies baking and cooking with monk fruit by offering an equal sugar replacement that can be used cup-for-cup instead of sugar.

At MonkVee, we offer both pure monk fruit extract and monk fruit that has been blended with erythritol. This way, you can use either product depending on your need or preference. We don’t try to hide our ingredients, and we are proud to offer monk fruit-erythritol blends to make lower sugar baking and cooking easy and feasible for everyone! There are two MonkVee products that are mixed with erythritol, MonkVee Original Monk Fruit and MonkVee Golden Monk Fruit. Give them both a try to taste the MonkVee difference!

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