Erythritol is common in nature, and is found in melons, pears, and berries. It looks and tastes like table sugar, but is about thirty percent less sweet. DFI makes Erythritol from sugar.
No. DFI’s product does not use harsh chemicals to produce the ingredient unlike other manufacturers.
Yes. Erythritol is FDA approved food ingredients used as sweeteners and bulking agents for food and beverages The safety of erythritol as a food ingredient under conditions of its intended use is substantiated by a number of human and animal safety studies, including short and long term feeding, multi-generation reproduction and teratology studies.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) reviewed the safety of erythritol in 1999 and established an ADI of "not specified," the highest safety category possible. JECFA serves as an independent scientific committee which performs risk assessments and provides advice to FAO, WHO and the member countries of both organizations. The requests for scientific advice are for the main part channeled through the Codex Alimentarius Commission in their work to develop international food standards and guidelines under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Program.
Yes. It is important to note that on November 12, 2014 one of the nation’s strongest nutrition advocate organizations, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, declared erythritol “safe” in a comprehensive, science-based report on the use of non-nutritive sweeteners . Moreover, on April 27, 2012, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly known as The American Dietetic Association said, “that consumers can safely enjoy a range of nutritive and nonnutritive sweeteners when consumed in a diet that is guided by current federal nutrition recommendations, such as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Dietary References Intakes, as well as individual health goals...”
The American Diabetes Association states, “Foods with low- or reduced-calorie sweeteners can have fewer calories than foods made with sugar and other caloric sweeteners. That can be helpful if you're trying to lose weight or even to prevent weight gain. These products often times also have less carbohydrate which can be helpful in managing blood glucose levels.”
DFI’s product produces a clean, zero calorie, sweet taste without the metallic aftertaste of Stevia and other arterial sweeteners. New science demonstrates that the health benefits of erythritol are derived from its action as a ‘stress response’ antioxidant and protectant.
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Yes. Erythritol has no effect on cholesterol, triglycerides or other biomarkers.
The body fully absorbs erythritol but can’t break it down, so it provides (virtually) no calories and does not produce a glycemic response. Most erythritol is absorbed into the bloodstream in the small intestine, and then for the most part excreted unchanged in the urine. About 10% enters the colon.
Yes. Human trials demonstrate that consumption of up to 1 gram per kg (0,45 g per lb) of body weight is very well tolerated.
No. DFI’s polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis of its finished product, confirms it is non-transgenic. The PCR is the most powerful technique that has been developed recently in the area of recombinant DNA research. Using this technique a target sequence of DNA can be amplified a billion fold in several hours. This procedure has been applied to forensic analysis where minute samples of DNA was isolated from blood at a crime scene to determine if an individual was actually at the location of the crime. Other manufacturers use recombinant yeast to produce the ingredient.
DFI’s strategy is to be able to provide both at an untouchable “taste performance to cost ratio.”
Importantly, rather than using harsh chemicals or transgenic yeast, DFI uses a “green” electrochemical process. DFI has developed a revolutionary technology that enables the Company to manufacture erythritol at prices well below current market pricing. DFI’s proprietary process involves a novel and highly efficient conversion of food starch into xylitol and glucose or corn sugar into erythritol. The Company has six key patent and patent applications for this technology.
In a plant located in Clinton, Iowa. The plant utilizes the latest Food and Drug Administration Good Manufacturing Processes. It is important to note that approximately 70% of the world's current erythritol supply is sourced in China, a country with a long history of food safety violations.