Health Benefits of Erythritol
To no ones surprise, processed sugar is the most popular sweetener utilized in foods worldwide. Unfortunately, it’s been shown in studies to be a major contributor to disease including diabetes, heart disease, and obesity just to name a few. In other studies, sugar has been shown to weaken your immune system as well.
Fortunately, there are healthy sweetening ingredients that are out there that are actually beneficial and one is erythritol. At Protein Snack Shop, we are especially excited about erythritol and proud to utilize it in our healthy snacks for several reasons.
1 - Erythritol is Safe for Everyone Including Diabetics
Found naturally in grapes, watermelon, and pears, erythritol is a healthy alternative to sugar as it does not contain carbohydrates or sugar that can be metabolized by the body. This means it does not represent a danger to glucose levels in the blood. A pubmed study in 24 adults with type 2 diabetes found that taking 36 grams of erythritol every day for a month improved the function of their blood vessels, potentially reducing their risk of heart disease.
2 – Erythritol Supports Dental Health
Consuming erythritol has been proven beneficial for teeth and oral health. Unlike processed sugar, erythritol doesn’t wreak havoc on your teeth and oral health through acid formation. Instead, it actually aids your teeth. In an August 2016 study in the International Journal of Dentistry, erythritol was shown to thwart the growth of harmful oral bacteria that increases cavity risk.
3 – Erythritol Can Aid in Weight Loss
A Harvard study showed great potential used as an aid in weight loss. It can curb your carb intake as it is essentially carb and calorie free. Erythritol only has 6% of the calories of sugar, yet maintains 70% of the sweetness and still mimics the taste of sugar. It is very satisfying to a sweet tooth because of this and is a huge reason why we use it in our 5 Star Rated Keto Snacks and Vegan Snacks.
WARNING: The big down fall of erythritol is that most of it that is found in store products is GMO (genetically modified) and therefore could actually do more harm than good. You’ll be happy to know that the erythritol we source and use here at Protein Snack Shop is NON-GMO so you can indulge in deliciousness without the worry!