If you haven’t heard of erythritol, you’re not alone. It may sound like another scary chemical found in our food, but the truth is that erythritol is actually a naturally derived sugar alternative that can allow you to enjoy some of your favorite sugary treats without putting your diet into a tailspin. Used in everything from coffee and tea to baked goods and more, erythritol-based products behave so similarly to traditional cane sugar that you’re less likely to feel deprived. Plus, many erythritol-based sugar substitutes are free of artificial ingredients and many of the questionable additives found in chemically-based alternative sweeteners. Learn more about what makes erythritol a pretty sweet deal.
What is Erythritol?
Erythritol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol sourced from select fruits and fermented foods (including watermelons, pears, grapes, wine, and soy sauce). However, the erythritol found in most sugar alternatives is produced by fermenting wheat or corn. Unlike sugar and many artificial sweeteners, erythritol does not spike blood sugar or cause dental decay. In fact, erythritol is much lower in calories than sugar (which has 4 calories per gram). Erythritol, on the other hand, has 0.24 calories per gram (just 6 percent of sugar) so it’s often mixed with another sweetener to increase sweetness. While not recommended for those with digestive issues like IBS since large amounts can sometimes cause gastrointestinal upset, erythritol is typically safe to consume in moderation (particularly the non-GMO, gluten-free varieties).
Top Erythritol Brands
Get familiar with these erythritol brand favorites.
Our very own Thrive Market Goods line features an extensive collection of pantry staples, household goods, and more, that are sourced from around the world for only the very best ingredients. Plus, every item in our line adheres to the highest sustainable, ethical, and eco-friendly standards.
If ever there was a brand to sway you from your love of refined sugar, Swerve is it. The non-GMO, zero-calorie, non-glycemic line of sugar alternatives won’t spike blood sugar, making it a great choice for diabetics.
You’ll hardly miss refined sugar with these sweet subs at the ready.
Thrive Market Switch
Our erythritol-based sugar alternative is vegan and gluten-free and made from just three natural ingredients, including corn (erythritol), chicory root (fructooligosaccharides), and monk fruit.
Swerve Granular Sugar Replacement
Made without artificial ingredients, preservatives, flavors, or GMOs, Swerve tastes and behaves just like regular sugar (only without the calories). It even has the ability to brown and caramelize!
Best Erythritol for Baking
Put a new spin on your favorite baking recipes by adding erythritol to the mix instead of sugar.
Swerve Brown Sugar Replacement
Brown sugar is a baking staple, but this non-glycemic sweetener swaps in seamlessly so you can enjoy a variety of baked goods while keeping blood sugar levels stable and your calories at a minimum.
Satisfy your sweet tooth and stay in ketosis with this keto-approved sugar swap.
Swerve Confectioners Sugar Replacement
Made from non-GMO erythritol and oligosaccharides derived from fruit, this zero-calorie sweetener measures cup for cup with traditional refined sugar, making it a perfect replacement when you’re conquering keto.
Tips & Recipes
Want more? Dig into the Thrive Market blog!
5 Healthy Dessert Recipes That Swap the Sugar
Think you can’t have a tasty treat without sugar? Think again! These five scrumptious recipes prove that you don’t need cups upon cups of cane sugar for a delectable dessert. From keto brownie bombs to sea salt caramel brittle, these alternatively sweetened confections will hit the spot.
You’ll Flip for Keto Pancake Bread
Pancake bread might sound like the polar opposite of a keto-approved food, but we assure you this recipe is totally diet-friendly. The one-bowl batter comes together with eggs, almond milk, keto pancake mix, cinnamon, and nutmeg and is finished off with a crumb topping of walnuts, more pancake mix, Thrive Market Switch sugar substitute, and spices.
Stock Your Pantry With These Organic Sweeteners
Just because you’re curbing your sugar intake doesn’t mean you can’t sweeten up your pantry. From coconut nectar to honey to maple syrup, we’ve rounded up our favorite nature-based sweeteners.