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NOW Foods, Erythritol, Great-Tasting Substitute for Sugar, Zero Calories, Low Glycemic Impact, 2.5-Pound [amazon.com]
  • Pleasant-Tasting Natural Sweetener
  • Great for Reduced-Calorie and Sugar-Free Recipes
  • Quantity - 2.5 lbs, Servings Per Container about 284
  • Low Glycemic Impact
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Thank you for your thoughts, but erythritol, unlike other sugar alcohols, does not typically have this effect. That is because, unlike other sugar alcohols, it is absorbed in the small intestine and eliminated largely unchanged in the urine. Like any foodstuff, some people will have an adverse reaction to it, but these will be rare. Other sugar alcohols, for a variety of metabolically related reasons, can commonly cause severe diarrhea, particularly if introduced in larger amounts initially (tolerance generally can be achieved with gradual introduction). This differentiating quality (and some other beneficial characteristics) is the reason erythritol commands a higher price. Here is a reasonably good explanation from "Difference Between:"
"Erythritol is generally recognized as safe like Xylitol. It is also a food additive as approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A two-thirds cup of Erythritol is equivalent to one cup of sugar. It is absorbed through the small intestines. It can be safely mixed with other sugars since there is no evidence that it can cause adverse effects. It is 70 per cent as sweet as sugar even though it has only 5 per cent of the calories of sugar. It is known as having the highest digestive tolerance of all sugar alcohols. For example, there is no bloating or diarrhea since it is harder for the bacteria to multiply in the conversion to gas. This is why, for the most part, it is readily absorbed into the blood and removed in the form of urine unchanged. It doesn't attract moisture which prevents clumping and hardening like other sugars do."
Having said all this, erythritol is not for everyone. There is debate regarding its overall effect on metabolism, mirroring discussions of many other alternative sweeteners. It also has an odd cooling effect when ingested in a solid form. The dissolution of the solid erythritol is endothermic, resulting in an effect upon the tongue sometimes compared to mint. Should you care to use sugar alcohols, however, you may wish to consider erythritol, for its several advantages are generally found to outweigh its disadvantages compared to other sugar alcohols, the lack of intestinal distress perhaps being the most noteworthy. It does not replicate the taste of sucrose particularly closely to my palate, but combined with stevia and inulin in the proper proportions can fairly approximate the flavor and mouth-feel of table sugar.
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Good stuff. Won't make you crap your pants and won't kill your dog. Tastes 99% like sugar. Also, contrary to what other posters may claim, erythritol is held to have a glycemic index of zero. It does not raise blood sugar levels at all.
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Pros: Great price. Generally no bad after taste. It's like sugar.

Cons: You need to add more to make things like drinks or bake goods taste sweeter. I usually will mix in some stevia to increase the sweetness without using too much erythritol. It's more corse than white sugar, so it takes longer to melt in hot drinks.

Great deal, but be aware that this is produced in China.
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Nice. 3$ lower than the lowest price ever, according to ccc.
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Thanks for posting,

People with New Year Resolutions, ignore all the junk posts with "Keto" in the title. You only need to watch your carb and sugar intake by reading nutrition labels.

This is a good sweetener to make cheesecake. It has a pleasant taste and dissolves nicely.
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Thanks for posting,

People with New Year Resolutions, ignore all the junk posts with "Keto" in the title. You only need to watch your carb and sugar intake by reading nutrition labels.

This is a good sweetener to make cheesecake. It has a pleasant taste and dissolves nicely.
There is nothing wrong with Keto if you do it right - that means pricking your finger and measuring the ketones with a meter. Obviously, you will also need to regulate your intake of carbs in order to maintain ketosis at an appropriate level.


I would also like to echo the earlier warnings up thread. Everybody has a different tolerance for sugar alcohols and the effect of each sugar alcohol is a bit different. Please use this in moderation and slowly adjust up over days. The first sign of intolerance for some people is gas. I advise not going to any of the next three stages ...
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I came to share this myself OP - I agree it's a great deal - those that have issues with it - well, it's not for you. There are lots of great recipes for it and charts that show you how sweet it is compared to other sweeteners so you can substitute - I often combine sweeteners in baking too - but this price was so GREAT I stocked up!
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Please be aware that this is a sugar alcohol. The stuff has the same effect those sugar-free gummy bears had after you gave them to your least favorite coworkers (diarrhea). I've had bad experiences with sugar-free sugar alcohol products (read above), and I would never eat them again.

Aspartme, sucralose, etc are fine tho.
Thank you for your thoughts, but erythritol, unlike other sugar alcohols, does not typically have this effect. That is because, unlike other sugar alcohols, it is absorbed in the small intestine and eliminated largely unchanged in the urine. Like any foodstuff, some people will have an adverse reaction to it, but these will be rare. Other sugar alcohols, for a variety of metabolically related reasons, can commonly cause severe diarrhea, particularly if introduced in larger amounts initially (tolerance generally can be achieved with gradual introduction). This differentiating quality (and some other beneficial characteristics) is the reason erythritol commands a higher price. Here is a reasonably good explanation from "Difference Between:"
"Erythritol is generally recognized as safe like Xylitol. It is also a food additive as approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A two-thirds cup of Erythritol is equivalent to one cup of sugar. It is absorbed through the small intestines. It can be safely mixed with other sugars since there is no evidence that it can cause adverse effects. It is 70 per cent as sweet as sugar even though it has only 5 per cent of the calories of sugar. It is known as having the highest digestive tolerance of all sugar alcohols. For example, there is no bloating or diarrhea since it is harder for the bacteria to multiply in the conversion to gas. This is why, for the most part, it is readily absorbed into the blood and removed in the form of urine unchanged. It doesn't attract moisture which prevents clumping and hardening like other sugars do."
Having said all this, erythritol is not for everyone. There is debate regarding its overall effect on metabolism, mirroring discussions of many other alternative sweeteners. It also has an odd cooling effect when ingested in a solid form. The dissolution of the solid erythritol is endothermic, resulting in an effect upon the tongue sometimes compared to mint. Should you care to use sugar alcohols, however, you may wish to consider erythritol, for its several advantages are generally found to outweigh its disadvantages compared to other sugar alcohols, the lack of intestinal distress perhaps being the most noteworthy. It does not replicate the taste of sucrose particularly closely to my palate, but combined with stevia and inulin in the proper proportions can fairly approximate the flavor and mouth-feel of table sugar.
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Pros: Great price. Generally no bad after taste. It's like sugar.

Cons: You need to add more to make things like drinks or bake goods taste sweeter. I usually will mix in some stevia to increase the sweetness without using too much erythritol. It's more corse than white sugar, so it takes longer to melt in hot drinks.

Great deal, but be aware that this is produced in China.
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Pros: Great price. Generally no bad after taste. It's like sugar.

Cons: You need to add more to make things like drinks or bake goods taste sweeter. I usually will mix in some stevia to increase the sweetness without using too much erythritol. It's more corse than white sugar, so it takes longer to melt in hot drinks.

Great deal, but be aware that this is produced in China. Also, highly toxic to dogs.
Thank you for posting, but erythritol is not toxic to dogs, at least not significantly so. Perhaps you were thinking of xylitol, which is indeed highly toxic to dogs. Here is an excerpt from a study on canine erythritol toxicity:
Chronic (1-year) oral toxicity study of erythritol in dogs.
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The chronic oral toxicity of erythritol was examined by feeding erythritol at dietary levels of 0 (controls), 2, 5, or 10% to groups of four male and four female dogs for 53 weeks. Erythritol was well tolerated at all dose levels without evidence of diarrhea. Water consumption was slightly higher in the high-dose group than in controls. Body weights and weight gains were not affected by treatment. There were no clinically relevant changes in hematological or clinicochemical parameters attributable to treatment. In particular, plasma electrolyte concentrations remained unaffected. Evaluation of a number of urinary parameters (including electrolytes and renal enzymes) was hampered by widely varying urine volumes among individual dogs; however, the available data did not indicate treatment-related effects on the urinary excretion of electrolytes (K+, Na+, Mg2+, and Pi) or enzymes (gamma-glutamyltranspeptidase, N-acetyl glucosaminidase, and lactate dehydrogenase). Quantitation of erythritol in the urine demonstrated that 50 to 80% of the ingested dose was absorbed and excreted in the urine. Analysis of terminal organ weights did not reveal treatment-related differences. No histopathological changes attributable to treatment were observed in the kidneys or in any other organ or tissue examined. It was concluded that daily erythritol consumption of up to 3.5 g/kg body wt was well tolerated by dogs.
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Thank you for posting, but erythritol is not toxic to dogs, at least not significantly so. Perhaps you were thinking of xylitol, which is indeed highly toxic to dogs. Here is an excerpt from a study on canine erythritol toxicity:
Chronic (1-year) oral toxicity study of erythritol in dogs.
Dean I1, Jackson F, Greenough RJ.
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Inveresk Research, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Abstract
The chronic oral toxicity of erythritol was examined by feeding erythritol at dietary levels of 0 (controls), 2, 5, or 10% to groups of four male and four female dogs for 53 weeks. Erythritol was well tolerated at all dose levels without evidence of diarrhea. Water consumption was slightly higher in the high-dose group than in controls. Body weights and weight gains were not affected by treatment. There were no clinically relevant changes in hematological or clinicochemical parameters attributable to treatment. In particular, plasma electrolyte concentrations remained unaffected. Evaluation of a number of urinary parameters (including electrolytes and renal enzymes) was hampered by widely varying urine volumes among individual dogs; however, the available data did not indicate treatment-related effects on the urinary excretion of electrolytes (K+, Na+, Mg2+, and Pi) or enzymes (gamma-glutamyltranspeptidase, N-acetyl glucosaminidase, and lactate dehydrogenase). Quantitation of erythritol in the urine demonstrated that 50 to 80% of the ingested dose was absorbed and excreted in the urine. Analysis of terminal organ weights did not reveal treatment-related differences. No histopathological changes attributable to treatment were observed in the kidneys or in any other organ or tissue examined. It was concluded that daily erythritol consumption of up to 3.5 g/kg body wt was well tolerated by dogs.
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