Do you like to eat erythritol?
Do you know what erythritol is? It’s yet another sugar alcohol that has been approved for use as a food additive in the United States (as if that means anything).
Neatly packaged up in a friendly looking white envelope with a green flower logo makes it seem benign, and even more so because you’ll see it at places like Whole Foods and smaller health food cooperatives.
It is known to cause ‘less gastric upset than sorbitol or maltitol’, both of which have laxative properties, but really, isn’t the idea that it would potentially cause any gastric upset at all enough to make one want to avoid it?
It’s enough for me.
I clearly recall the last day I chewed a piece of sugar free gum that contained sorbitol, the resulting intestinal cramps that followed and my resounding vow to avoid that particular sugar alcohol (which, by the way, is also ‘approved for use as a food additive in the US).
While I’m not a fan of the need to ‘sweeten’ things, per se, as often when clients state they need to so do, it’s because they’re having a blood sugar crash from not having eaten properly earlier in the day, for once in a while, I’d personally rather stick with honey, or agave…something I can identify as an actual food.
Better yet, have a piece of fruit!