Sugar Alcohol Vs Sugar

Erythritol is classified as a sugar alcohol and is a naturally-derived sugar substitute that looks and tastes very much like sugar. The key point is that it has almost no calories and doesn't count as a carbohydrate or a sugar.

Erythritol is my favorite sugar alcohol. Why? Unlike another sugar alcohol, Xylitol, Erythritol is completely absorbed in the stomach and upper intestines and is immediately excreted by the body in the urine. However other common sugar alcohol sweeteners like Sorbitol and Xylitol have some digestive issues.

Xylitol is another sugar alcohol passes through the entire gastrointestinal system, not cleared immediately by the kidneys and that is why Xylitol is associated with abdominal cramping and diarrhea. Xylitol has essentially no calories like Erythritol and really shouldn't be added to your carbohydrate or sugar consumption as calories.

Sorbitol is also a sugar alcohol whose absorption in the human body is slow, and this allows part of the ingested sorbitol to reach the large intestine where metabolism yields fewer calories. Therefore, unlike sugar which contributes four calories per gram, the caloric contribution of sorbitol is about 2.6 calories per gram.


Steviais in the sunflower family native totropical regions in South America.. It is known as sweet leaf, sugarleaf or just Stevia. As a sweetener Stevia's taste has a slow onset but last longer than that of sugar, although some of its extracts may have a bitter aftertaste.

The steviol glycoside extracts are 300 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia undoubtedly has an important role in the low-carbohydrate lifestyles as a low-sugar sweetener. A very important part of Stevia's metabolism in our body is that it has a negligible effect on blood glucose, and therefore won't cause insulin spikes so common with a carbohydrate rich (low-fat) diets. I find Stevia and therefore Truvia with Erythritol very helpful as a natural sweetener in patients who require a carbohydrate-controlled diet, and strongly recommend it.

Truvia® is a combination of Erythritol and a purified Steviol glycoside called Rebaudioside(Rebiana).The carbohydrate in Truvia® natural sweetener comes from erythritol - a natural sugar alcohol that is also found in grapes and pears - that also has zero calories. Erythritol passes through the body without being broken down for calories. As a result, it has no effect on blood sugar. Erythritol is used in Truvia® natural sweetener to evenly disperse rebiana to achieve uniform sweetness, similar to how dextrose and other ingredients are used by other high intensity sweeteners like Splenda® to evenly disperse the sweetener.

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