Erythritol May Be a Sweet Antioxidant

Erythritol May Be a Sweet Antioxidant
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The natural sweetener erythritol does not appear to carry the adverse effects associated with other non- and low-caloric natural and artificial sweeteners, and may actually have antioxidant potential.

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The only nontoxic, noncaloric, or low-calorie sweetener may be erythritol. For a while, it was only available in Japan. But now, it’s pretty much available anywhere.

It’s found naturally in pears and grapes. But industrially, we just have yeast make it for us. Doesn’t cause cavities, and hasn’t been implicated in fibromyalgia, preterm birth, headaches, hypertension, brain disorders, platelet disorders.

In videos in years past, I’ve talked about erythritol as being harmless. But, new data suggests I may have to change my tune. Now, it actually may be helpful. Adding to its role as a “low-calorie, tooth-friendly, bulk sweetener,” erythritol may be “a sweet antioxidant.”

This shows the dose-dependent protective effect of an increasing concentration of erythritol on the oxidative destruction of red blood cells. The reason they even looked for antioxidant activity is because it structurally looks like mannitol, a well-known antioxidant. The problem with mannitol and the other polyols (such as xylitol and sorbitol) is that they aren’t absorbed, and so can cause gastrointestinal symptoms lower down in the colon.

“Safety studies suggest that erythritol is well tolerated and shows no signs of toxicity. It is therefore an excellent sugar substitute [for example] for individuals with [diabetes]” because it can both replace sugar and maybe even help reduce free radical formation. Both are expected to reduce the onset and progression of painful and life-threatening diabetic complications.”

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Below is an approximation of this video’s audio content. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video.

The only nontoxic, noncaloric, or low-calorie sweetener may be erythritol. For a while, it was only available in Japan. But now, it’s pretty much available anywhere.

It’s found naturally in pears and grapes. But industrially, we just have yeast make it for us. Doesn’t cause cavities, and hasn’t been implicated in fibromyalgia, preterm birth, headaches, hypertension, brain disorders, platelet disorders.

In videos in years past, I’ve talked about erythritol as being harmless. But, new data suggests I may have to change my tune. Now, it actually may be helpful. Adding to its role as a “low-calorie, tooth-friendly, bulk sweetener,” erythritol may be “a sweet antioxidant.”

This shows the dose-dependent protective effect of an increasing concentration of erythritol on the oxidative destruction of red blood cells. The reason they even looked for antioxidant activity is because it structurally looks like mannitol, a well-known antioxidant. The problem with mannitol and the other polyols (such as xylitol and sorbitol) is that they aren’t absorbed, and so can cause gastrointestinal symptoms lower down in the colon.

“Safety studies suggest that erythritol is well tolerated and shows no signs of toxicity. It is therefore an excellent sugar substitute [for example] for individuals with [diabetes]” because it can both replace sugar and maybe even help reduce free radical formation. Both are expected to reduce the onset and progression of painful and life-threatening diabetic complications.”

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Images thanks to Edgar181 and Su-no-G via Wikimedia; Anders Ljungberg via flickr; and Crunchy Betty.

Doctor's Note

This is the third video in a series on sweeteners. See Aspartame-Induced Fibromyalgia, and also Diet Soda and Preterm Birth. Stevia is another natural sweetener that was launched in Japan, but it could have adverse effects at high doses; see Is Stevia Good For You? I previously addressed erythritol in A Harmless Artificial Sweetener—the too-good-to-be-true, nontoxic, low-calorie, tooth-friendly sweetener that may even act as an antioxidant. So, what’s the catch? I’ll close out this series with three videos that address a few possibilities: How Diet Soda Could Make Us Gain Weight; Neurobiology of Artificial Sweeteners; and Unsweetening the Diet.

For further context, check out my associated blog posts: Is There a Safe, Low-Calorie Sweetener?How to Gain Weight on Diet Soda; and Hibiscus Tea: The Best Beverage?

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  1. I ordered Erythritol online after one of your videos, and I am in love! I think it’s a fantastic sub for sugar, and I love that it’s not harmful and extremely low calorie. This begs the question, though- why hasn’t this sweetener been marketed mainstream? Why is it not a single person I know has ever heard of it? It seems like a miracle sweetener to me, and that it should be widespread news by now. Perhaps there’s a opportunity here to bring it to mass market?

    1. In Australia it is used in a lot of stevia sweeteners, they market it as being stevia but it is more like 90% Erythritol and 10% stevia. I can’t even taste the stevia, it’s very easy to have in tea and coffee!

    2. Death. It’s our main industry. If it doesn’t make people sick, it doesn’t help the pharmaceutical people. Conspiracy? We’re all a living conspiracy. That is, if you believe your parents worked together to have you.

    3. I have used NON GMO Erythritol for almost 10 years. Use it to bake with, and use a little now and then to add on cereal. Tastes Great, nothing artificial. Works great on my Apple Pie, Cheesecake, Chocolate chip cookies. Everything is a match for sugar, just not as sweet, but has a better tasting cleaning sweet.

  2. This is really interesting. It seems like the holly grail, but you never hear about it in the news.

    I chew xylitol gum and suck on the mints off and on throughout the day. I would be interesting to switching to erythritol (couldn’t they have come up with an easier name?) if such products existed. I haven’t found any yet. If anyone finds something, please let us know.

    FYI for those who do not know: You *can* buy bags of the crystalized erythritol and use it in place of sugar, but I’m not sure yet what the best types uses are. There is a cookbook for cooking with xylitol. Maybe someday someone will come out with a cookbook for cooking erythritol. That would be very helpful.

      1. WholeFoodChomper: It’s taken me some time to get back to these posts. Thanks for your reply.

        I appreciate the tip. But note: I have already purchased the erythritol crystals like Wholesome sells. I am hoping to get some erythritol gum and mints like is easy to get for xylitol. I didn’t see that Wholesome has those products.

        Still, I appreciate your brand tip. I may try Wholesome next.

    1. I have found that xylitol has a tremendously positive (almost giving an immunity) effect on dental health. Further if combined with soy (tempeh and tofu) 5% by calorie xylitol perhaps can rebuild bone (increasing bone density).
      Erythritol might enhance xylitol. I think it is worth while investigating it also. It has a very mild taste compared to xylitol.
      Xylitol is much cheaper. I by mine in bulk from NOW products. I am not selling xylitol. I just am a person who is excited by what it has done for me. Like you I chew (stopped because my jaw is tired) xylitol gum.

      1. As a dental hygienist I recommend Xylitol for patients with a risk of decay, and that would be due to past or current cavity status, or if the patient suffers from dry mouth due to aging or adverse effects of many meds. Dry mouth is a serious contributor to decay in many people. Xylitol buffers the saliva correcting acidic saliva and reduces at least one of the primary disease causing bacteria. Xylitol also stimulates salivary flow allowing better protection of the teeth from decay. My husband has a dry mouth issue and has suffered many new cavities until we found Xylimelts. It is a nice option for those who do not want to chew gum. As for digestive issues, I have never had any but 1 time when making a pie with xylitol, a generous serving at one sitting did induce loose stools. Otherwise I have never heard patients complain of any digestive issues. Just thought I’s offer this up in case others seek the benefits of a low calorie sugar alternative.

  3. What about the sugar trehalose? Is it healthy as some sources say? Recently I read that mice lived 40% longer when given another sweet substance, glycine, the same as if they had been on a reduce methionine diet- in fact, there may be a positive interaction between the two amino acids. Fruits and vegetables have the highest ratio of glycine of all foods which may explain some of their health benefits. I’ve been using glycine powder as a sweetener recently and I find I like it very much. Could it be that glycine is a healthier sweetener than erythritol?

    1. When I first heard about Erythritol on this site, I went out and bought a bag, but I didn’t like it, tried it a few times and threw it out. It had a weird artificial taste, I thought, and I noticed that cooling effect you mentioned. So I used Xylo for a couple years, then thought I’d by some more erythritol, try it again, since Dr G recommends it. Same store same brand (Now) same size package even, it tastes totally different to me, although it takes a lot more, it tastes very much like sugar. It tastes good now. Has anyone else noticed this? It makes me wonder what’s really in the package, and how can I know for sure? Am not trusting of food corporations.

      1. Iilyroza: re: “It makes me wonder what’s really in the package,…”
        I have another thought for you. Maybe your tastes have changed. I’ve found that it is pretty common for me to not like a recipe that I loved a month/year ago and vica versa. Even when I’m making it the same way with the same ingredients. My tastes really do change over time.

        So, I think it is entirely possible that you got a different product or the first time you tried it, you got a dud/lemon/bad bag. But it is also possible that your tastes are different now. Or some combination of both.

        Just an idea.

  4. I’ve made really great stuff with erythritol. It does have that strange cooling which can be weird in some things. When I’m unsure if it’ll work totally subbing sugar, I’ve successfully replaced more than half the sugar with erythritol with great results. I just used it along with dates for the sweetener in persimmon cookies last night!

    1. Oh, great ideas! I haven’t tried this yet, but I wonder if erythritol would work as a simple syrup. Has anyone tried this?

      1. You may want to try date sugar (made of powdered dates) to make a syrup, as the fiber will cause a thickening, thus more closely emulating the consistency you seek.

        1. Oh, interesting suggestion! I’ll have to give that a try. I have date sugar, but I do not like it much. I find that it is not as sweet as dates (blended with a bit of water). Thanks for the tip, Lew.

  5. A bit ironic.
    Dr. Greger has repeatedly poked fun at the meat industries assertions that going vegan would be ‘obviously unacceptable’, and in vids like this his unstated assumption seems to be that giving up sweet junk food is clearly unacceptable, lol. It seems there are a few sacred cows in the good doctors kitchen ;-)
    These erythritol findings are nice for people who wish to keep up with their cookies and cakes, but the possibility of a fully satisfying diet devoid of junk food shouldnt be ignored.

    1. Perhaps you can explain how a sweet “Kool-Aid like” drink made of erythritol, hibiscus and spices is a “junk food.” Or how black bean brownies, sweetened with erythritol, qualify as “junk food.” Your false implication is that Dr. Gregor is implicitly touting the use of erythritol in junk foods, to replace the sugar component. Some of us see a wider use for the data Dr. Gregor is touting, and choose to govern ourselves by fact rather than assumption.

    2. I don’t think that anyone here, at least not me, is ignoring the possibility of “a fully satisfying diet devoid of junk food”. I don’t think that is the point of this video at all. Dr. Greger is pretty clear that when it comes to food her prefers and recommends those with the most nutritional value (e.g., green tea over coffee, and in this case erythritol and/or dates over other sweeteners).

      I for one don’t like to eat cookies and cakes and such, but some dishes do call for a bit of sweetener to complete them. And those on plant-based diets need to have a healthy option to turn to. These videos help with making that choice.

      BTW- even Dr. MCDougall allows for some sugar in his PBD Carbohydrates and Sugar.

  6. I’ve never seen plain erythritol in my local stores, however, the ingredients listed for the sweetener Truvia are: erythritol, rebiana, and natural flavors. Is the Truvia brand of erythritol safe, or should I look for 100% erythritol? Does Whole Foods carry straight erythritol?

    1. Truvia, in addition to erythritol, contains stevia extract. As you already know from prior videos, stevia has been linked to deterious side effects. Erythritol is readily available on amazon, and some speciality stores.

      1. Not really. If you read this article it seems quite possible even likely that the genetic changes seen in rat studies etc are coming from contaminants and not from the stevia itself. If that is true, the at the least, the whole leaf, green stevia powder is likely quite safe. The concentrated extract used in Truvia may or may not be depending on how pure it actually is

    2. Tami, I purchase the Wholesome Sweeteners Zero erythritol. It is 100% erythritol. If you cannot find it a t a local market, it is available online via Vitacost. I’m not a Whole Foods shopper, but I have a feeling that they probably carry some sort of 100% erythritol sweetener. It’s worth a call to find out. ;-)

    3. Tami: I’ve never tried Truvia, but I have some points for you:

      1) In researching WholeFoodChomper’s tip on the Wholesome brand, I came across a review of 3 sweeteners – all of which had at least some erythritol in it. I have no idea on the validity of the review, but I thought I would share that the reviewer did not like 2 of the 3. The two that the reviewer did not like were like Truvia in that they had other ingredients than just the erythritol. Only the brand that had only erythritol was judged to be good.

      2) I never trust a product that says “natural flavors”. That can mean almost anything. What are they hiding? Just a thought.

    1. I was just about happy to read it was safe (was gonna buy Solgar B12) but I suffer with bloating and am VERY suspicious of these sugar alcohols feeding dodgy bacteria in my colon… last thing I want is to feed them no matter how minimally. Any further update on the issue (after 3 years? :P)

    1. Hi John, I just read the article you posted. Thanks for sharing it! I just wanted to point out that the article talks about the risks of Xylitol to pets and not Erythritol. Based on these videos, I believe the two sweeteners are different. Cautious dog owners may want to look into the matter some more to see if Erythritol poses the same risk.

      1. I immediately thought about toxicity to dogs when I heard about erythritol and could only find one item… http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8933641 It seems that it’s not harmful to dogs if this study is correct. Does anyone have more detail or research on pet safety? I’m concerned about inadvertent consumption here as I have very crafty pups. There must be better ways to find these things out. I deplore animal testing.

        1. Any effect erythritol might have on gut bacteria, and our microbiome? I have SIBO, as well as candida (diagnosed) and the doctor has concerns over even things like erythritol, he simply doesn’t know if it could somehow feed fungus and promote overgrowth of certain bacteria, “even though it does not raise blood sugar.”

          Your videos on erythritol, to my knowledge, to not address this and it is a big reason why some vegans here have switched to erythritol, as the blood sugar increase might be making their gut issues worse. I do appreciate any time you can take to answer back on this. Sincerely, Hope.

  7. What about xylitol? It’s the closest to sugar in taste, while erythritol alters a bit the taste of beverages. Xylitol is also a polyol with no glicemic effect and non-cariogenic.

    1. Dr. Greger mentions the possible laxative effects of Xylitol in this very video. Suggesting that it would not be a good option for some people. See also Dr. Greger’s other videos were he discusses Xylitol; to see what the research indicates. You can do a search for them or use the “Health Topics” index to find them.

      Also, it should be noted that those with dogs who have a sweet tooth, Xylitol Xylitol toxicity in dogs.

      1. Xylitol does have a glycemic effect though much less so than sucrose. The laxative effect for most people, requires intake of a lot more than you would ever want to eat! If you use it as you would regular sugar you won’t have a problem unless you are the rare individual.

        Erythritol has zero glycemic effect and no effect on insulin secretion. Stevia while having no glycemic effect, apparently does stimulate insulin release

      2. I have been using xylitol daily in smoothies and hot beverages for the past few months since switching from erythritol. I got a 25-pound bag and and quite satisfied with it. Any colon effects have been minimal to none that I can tell.

  8. Monin Sugarfree Syrups have been using Erythritol for years. When it used to be called Eridex. Its scary what chemicals you will find in those other coffee syrups.

    1. 3/1/17 I just checked Monin web site. Their sugar free syrups contain erythritol AND sucralose. Drat! I like a flavored coffee once in a while.

  9. So does erythritol not have the side effects of sugars like inflammation, decreased immune function, increase of vaginal infections??

  10. Which would be better (in terms of health) for baking – pureed dates or erythritol? Erythritol seems to have very little sweetness, though, so I find myself using what seems to be a very lot. Thanks!

  11. Erythritol has only 1 defect which might prevent it from selling as well as sucralose and aspartame. Erythritol is only 60% to 70% as sweet as table sugar (sucrose). For comparison, sucralose is 600 times as sweet as table sugar and aspartame is 200 times as sweet as table sugar. This means that erythritol must be consumed in huge quantities:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erythritol
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sucralose
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspartame
    http://www.amazon.com/Now-Foods-Erythritol-2-50-Pounds/dp/B007XA49BG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1367951381&sr=8-2

    1. You make a good point. I think initially most people will use more Erythritol to get the same amount of sweetness as they do from sugar. I’ve found that I have actually used less sugar since switching to Erythritol. My taste buds have adjusted to liking things much less sweet. Erythritol might be a good way for folks to make that adjustment, too.

  12. Hello, Dr. Greger, and a thousand thanks from a *paying* subscriber!

    A bit of a stevia addict, I tried using erythritol instead, but have found two unfortunate side effects: definite bowel gas/pain and terrible persistent thirst. Interestingly I can’t find any information on the latter problem, but wondered if you’ve encountered others who’ve reported this issue.

    I thank you again for all you do. As a normal weight, non-diabetic vegan celiac fairly successfully duking it out with rheumatoid disease, I’m truly grateful for your guidance.

  13. Dear
    Doctor Greger
    I enjoy your presentations and been influenced by them already as I stopped eating meat altogether. Didn’t go Vegan yet but working on it.
    Anyway, I wonder if you happened to check the sweetener combination of Erythritol and Monk Fruit extract (Siraitia Grosvenori Momordica? Maybe wrong spelling?)?
    Thank you!
    Avi

  14. I have been using Wholesome Sweeteners Zero (erythritol) for a couple of years. Today for the first time I opened a bag and it had a bad smell and the texture looked damp, less dry and granular than usual. So, I opened a second bag, same thing. Dates on bag are not expired. Will return to Whole Foods but do you have any thoughts on this product “going bad”?

  15. The only sweetener I tried – with the exception of sugar, maple syrup and honey – is Stevia. Regretfully, Stevia bloats me a lot. So I kinda gave up on all the sweeteners and I simply eat fruits. My favorite dessert is a dates/coconut flakes dessert.

    1. I don’t think you can ever be 100% sure. Individuals may not tolerate Erythritol either in small amounts or may have dose related issues. Using sweeteners in small amounts whether erythritol or table sugar is associated with a low risk of problems. I would stay away from artificial sweeteners and limit amount.

    1. I also recently read an article about erythritol killing flies. It’s interesting to think I’m consuming pesticide.

  16. Erythritol was mentioned in a hibiscus video. What’s this? Is it healthy? BOOM! There’s a video on it. The only problem in life that Dr. Greger may not be able to solve is, “What’s the best pair of sunglasses for truck drivers?” Although, the videos on macular degeneration relieve my tension on the matter :)

  17. Good Doctors
    Please relate to Erythritol and Diabetes type 1. Is it allowed, besides the issue of Hypoglycemia (Blood sugar is much too low!)? Erythritol is not recommended then as it will not rise the level of blood sugar!.

    1. It may be a better source than table sugar and others, as a non-caloric sugar alcohol. I am not sure the glycemic index of erythritol I wouldn’t think it does anything to blood sugar, so you are right that taking it when hypoglycemic will have little to no effect. In the video Dr. Greger is referring to type 2 diabetes.

  18. Dr David Perlmutter, famous Nuerologist and nutritionist, has labeled all sugar alcohol as excitotoxins – capable of causing inflammation of the brain . Shouldn’t this be a concern as we consider using Erythritol?

  19. There’s an excellent supplier, http://www.steviva.com , I’ve used for years (conspiracy theorists, don’t fret, I have no personal/financial ties there). They sell erythritol, stevia, etc. small-to-large bulk quantities. There’s even a significant coupon code: waronweight I believe the coupon is worth 25% off the cost of your order, and you can choose free shipping. Hope this helps!

  20. Any effect erythritol might have on gut bacteria, and our microbiome? I have SIBO, as well as candida (diagnosed) and the doctor has concerns over even things like erythritol, he simply doesn’t know if it could somehow feed fungus and promote overgrowth of certain bacteria, “even though it does not raise blood sugar.”

    Your videos on erythritol, to my knowledge, to not address this and it is a big reason why some vegans here have switched to erythritol, as the blood sugar increase might be making their gut issues worse. I do appreciate any time you can take to answer back on this. Sincerely, Hope.

  21. Anyone know where I can get a bigger amount for cheaper? I’m paying thru the nose for the blends of stevia-erythritol. Or is xylitol just as antioxidant? Love the s/e on my oatmeal and in my coffee.

    1. Venessa: You have the *general* rule down perfectly. But note that the diet is not usually described as a Whole Plant Food diet. It is usually described as a Whole Plant Food Based diet. *based*. There are some foods that are not whole foods, such as tofu, green tea and cocoa powder that are generally healthy for us. There are other foods, perhaps including erythritol, that may be fine in small amounts. At least, it may not be as bad as sugar for us. So, as long as we are not basing the bulk of our diet on erythritol, using it to sweeten some foods may be fine.

      That’s my personal interpretation anyway. I’m not an expert and I’m not speaking on behalf of this site. I’m just trying to give you an answer. What do you think?

  22. And by the way, please make a video about hair loss and how to stop it. Since I stopped taking pea protein, my hair shedding increased a lot, I thought my protein intake was great based on Cronometer. When i took pea protein again after a month or so, the hair shedding decreased by almost half, but it’s still there. I am vegan. I hope Dr. MG can read this.

    1. “Consumption of erythritol is safe to humans, even when consumed at high levels [4], [5]. Thus, we suggest erythritol has potential for use as a novel, human-safe insecticide.”

    2. Being that fruit flies need to digest sugars along with protein and they prefer erythritol to surcrose (which was indicated in the study) it very well could be the fruit flies effectively starved themselves to death.
      If they did the study with intermittent days with back and forth switching with only surcrose with yeast protein as an option for a few days every week and visa versa. It would be interesting what the finding would be then?!?

  23. Just read an article that mannitol can cross the blood brain barrier and help Parkinson’s patients. Now what about erythritol might that be a better choice?

    1. Hi, cami. I am Christine, a NF volunteer moderator. I found no research regarding erythritol and Parkinson’s disease, and so I really don’t have an answer for you. It may just be that it has not been tested. You raise a very interesting question, though. I hope the research to answer it is conducted soon!

  24. I’ve just finished reading “How Not to Die” and want to tell all my family members, which are many! Starting my 95-year-old mother on WHPB diet, too. My question: how does pure monkfruit compare nutritionally to the sweetener erythritol? I’m shopping on line and see that some erythritol products contain monkfruit. Which is better?
    Cathy

    1. Hi Cathy!
      Thanks for your question. Another of our moderators has written a nice answer about monkfruit in one of the comment on a video about Erythritol as a harmless sweetener. Here she compares to stevia instead of erythritol, but hopefully it can give you a good idea!

      “I am one of the site moderators. As with anything that has been processed the good rule of thumb is to use it sparingly however it appears that monk fruit is probably not a bad choice in that it doesn’t raise ones blood sugar. That said, there are multiple studies that have shown that even artificial type sweeteners fool the body into expecting a food with a certain caloric intake and when it doesn’t appear actually winds up stimulating one’s hunger. Something to think about. Here is a link that shows the pros and cons of monkfruit vs. stevia. http://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/monk-fruit-vs-stevia#benefits-of-monk-fruit2 If you’ve been a student of Dr. Greger’s videos for any period of time you undoubtably know that he recommends we eat food in it’s whole state as much as possible. Therefore if you want something sweet have some fruit but be very judicious about adding sweetener to other foods. As you improve your diet you should require less and less sweetener. I hope this helps.”

  25. Hello Dr Greger

    What’s your view on this recent study 2017 May 23 ? I can’t have access to the complete study just the abstract…

    Erythritol is a pentose-phosphate pathway metabolite and associated with adiposity gain in young adults.

  26. I seem to be seeing negative press on erythritol (esp from gmo cornstarch). Plus I can’t seem to find it any longer on the store shelves here. What happened?

  27. I have been using erythritol daily for a couple of weeks now to sweeten my “pink juice” and occasionally in my daily hibiscus tea and frozen raspberries/blackberries. I knew it didn’t have any calories, but I didn’t realize it still contained carbs and wondered how that was possible. I got my answer when I Googled it and found this article: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/05/26/what-is-erythritol-doing-in-vitamin-water.aspx
    It says erythritol causes gas and headaches. I haven’t experienced an increase in intestinal gas since I started using it, and I haven’t had a single headache since adopting a plant-based diet 3 1/2 weeks ago. I didn’t see these “side effects” mentioned on nutritionfacts.org, so I am curious if it is true or not?

  28. I was searching for a comment by Dr Greger, (I think), that referenced 2 pain relievers that were better for those with leaky guts. I don’t recall the prescription but it may have been nabumetone, aspirin was the one mentioned. I could not get results from the search so I thought I would try this. Have A Happy.

  29. I am curious about a new sweetner called Allulose. The latest sugar replacement out there. Some websites I have read say it’s okay and others say beware. I would love to read a study done by Dr. Gregor to see what he thinks of it. Thanks!

    1. Hi Clare! It seems as though because Allulose is so new, there is little research about it. Hopefully we will know more about it soon so we can make informed decisions about its use!

  30. I’m so confused as to which is better, Estevia or this Erythritol. There are other doctors online who put a bad pen on Erythirtol and recommend estevia (sweetleaf in particular as a Non Gmo less processed sweetener) instead.

  31. Stevia is transformed in the gut, by bacteria, into carcinogens, so that’s a non-starter in my opinion until long term clinical studies show no ill effect.

    Dr. Ben

  32. I have been taking inositol for years. I don’t need to take as much and I can go days without. I use inositol as a sweetner in my tea occasionally. Mostly I can drink tea plan but once in a while I will add a tsp of inositol. Is this okay?

  33. One issue not addressed in your video which does not (to date) conflict with, but rather adds to, your data and recommendations is the direct effect these sugar alcohols (except erythritol) have on the microbione (gut bacteria). Because they are not absorbed in the GI tract, bacteria feed on them typically resulting in overgrowth in the small intestine (SIBO).
    Aspartame (not a sugar alcohol) has been recommended as an artificial sweetener to avoid this problem of SIBO, but, as you have mentioned, it is converted to formaldehyde which can be a problem for some. We are now finding though that it can create or further insulin insensitivity, so even for those who tolerate the formaldehyde, it could present a problem.

  34. I have tried Erythritol/Stevia blends as well as pure Erythritol on 3 separate occasions. Love the taste, and would use it except for one thing: I have no doubt Erythritol makes my joints hurt very badly! The last time I tried it, my joints hurt so bad I couldn’t sleep at night. The pain goes away about 2-3 weeks after I quit using it. After a bit of research, I find that other people experience the same problem. Really disappoints me. It’s the only thing I’ve found that’s low-calorie AND tastes good. I use Stevia, but it really doesn’t taste that great. Any comments or suggestions?

  35. In researching this question, I learned that erythritol is often combined with other sweeteners as you’ve found and that might have caused the effects you experienced with the sweetener blends you tried. However you’ve stated pure erythritol also seemed to cause problems. I found these two research studies that seemed to take a very comprehensive look at the side effects of erythritol with no clear identification of joint problems with its use: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/267335631_An_update_on_alternative_sweeteners/
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5756564/
    However, that does not mean that this product works for you and I’d recommend you severely restrict or eliminate it and rely other more natural sweeteners, recognizing every body has different sensitivities. Fortunately there are still are good natural sweeteners like fruits and especially dates (available as flakes/date sugar) that could work for you. While artificial sugars are convenient, they certainly aren’t necessary to continue a whole food plant-based diet. More challenging, yes, but you already have shown you are smarter than average following a plant-based diet. Best of health (and healthy desserts) to you

  36. Thanks for your response. I am continuing the WFPB diet, but won’t be using Erytritol. For now I use a various combinations of Stevia and date sugar. I will look at the links above, and go from there. Thanks again.

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