Erythritol, a sugar alcohol (or polyol), is considered the world’s first all-natural, non-caloric sweetener.
Unlike dangerous artificial sweeteners, this natural sweetener is found in a wide variety of foods including mushrooms, watermelon, pears and grapes as well as fermented foods like sake, wine and soy sauce.
Erythritol: The “Almost” Sugar
With a carbohydrate count of nearly zero, it surprisingly tastes much like sugar, but has a glycemic index of zero!
This means that enjoying foods made with this all-natural sweetener won’t cause blood sugar spikes– important for anyone concerned about diabetes, weight loss, cancer…and health in general.
In addition to the blood sugar benefits erythritol provides, new research entitled “Erythritol is a sweet antioxidant” published in the journal Nutrition found that erythritol acts as a powerful antioxidant in the body – fending off the free radicals that damage tissues and organs and contribute to physical aging and disease.
The lead researcher of the study said:
Erythritol may help reduce the glycemic impact of a food or beverage, thereby reducing the effects of hyperglycemia-induced free radical formation,[This is] expected to reduce the onset and progression of painful and life-threatening diabetic complications
Baking with Erythritol
Here at Healing Gourmet, you’ll find a wide variety of low glycemic desserts made with erythritol.(Check out our healthy dessert recipes here)
Look for non-GMO or organic erythritol in your local health foods store and use just as you would sugar. A word of caution: some erythritol blends contain high glycemic maltodextrin or cane sugar and should be avoided.
Want more delicious desserts and a complete healthy baking course to get you started? Check out e-Book Guilt-Free Desserts – including 50 delicious desserts like Chocolate Souffle and Creme Brulee -made with awesome, all-natural erythritol. Looking for “blend and bake” dessert mixes using this amazing sweetener…go to Wellness Bakeries.
Selecting and Storing Erythritol: The “Almost” Sugar
Store in a sealed container, away from moisture and heat.
Nutrition Information for Erythritol: The “Almost” Sugar
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