Frequently Asked Questions
General Erythritol Questions
What is Erythritol?
Erythritol is a common sugar alcohol found in nature. For example melons, pears, berries and even the human body all contain small quantities of erythritol. It looks and tastes like table sugar, but it's about thirty percent less sweet. DFI makes Erythritol from sugar.
Is Erythritol safe?
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.
Are there specific weight management, diabetes, or oral health benefits associated with the use of Erythritol?
Yes. Please see below:
- Erythritol is virtually calorie-free (0.2 calories per gram). Sugar alcohol-sweetened products may have fewer calories than comparable products sweetened with sucrose or corn syrup and hence could play a useful role in weight management.
- Erythritol has 0 calories per gram for food labeling purposes in the United States, Europe and Japan. Thus, erythritol is uniquely qualified as a zero calorie bulk sweetener for formulating "reduced calorie" and "light" products which require a 25 percent or more calorie reduction from the standard formulation.
- It is the only natural bulk sweetener with such a low caloric value. Moreover, due to its high rate of absorption into the body, it can be used in many applications where other polyols cannot be employed. It has no effect on blood insulin (glycemic index of zero). It is ideal for people with diabetes.
- Erythritol has been approved for consumption in large quantities for people with diabetes as it has virtually no effect on blood glucose levels.
- Recent studies show that erythritol consumption directly improved endothelial (or artery) function, particularly in patients with diabetes.
- Recent studies indicate that Erythritol may have a greater anti-cavity effect than xylitol.
- Erythritol like other polyols is resistant to metabolism by oral bacteria which break down sugars and starches to produce acids which may lead to tooth enamel loss and cavities formation. They are, therefore, non-cariogenic. The usefulness of polyols, including erythritol, are a part of a comprehensive program including proper dental hygiene has been recognized by the American Dental Association. The FDA has approved the use of a "does not promote tooth decay" health claim in labeling for sugar-free foods that contain erythritol or other polyols.
Are there other scientifically-validated health benefits?
Yes. Erythritol has no effect on cholesterol, triglycerides, or other biomarkers.
How does the body metabolize Erythritol?
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.
Is Erythritol well tolerated?
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.
Do major public health organizations support the use of Erythritol?
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 Erythritol Questions
Does DFI’s Erythritol contain anything artificial?
No. DFI's revolutionary process produces the purest erythritol with incredible efficiency and zero waste.
What are the health benefits delivered by DFI’s Erythritol?
DFI’s product produces a clean, zero calorie, sweet taste without the metallic aftertaste of Stevia and other artificial sweeteners. New science demonstrates that the health benefits of erythritol are derived from its action as a ‘stress response’ antioxidant and protectant.
Does DFI’s erythritol contain transgenic materials?
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.
What is DFI’s business objective?
DFI’s strategy is to be able to provide Erythritol at an untouchable “taste performance to cost ratio.” We hope to promote a healthier living through much more affordable health products to consumers everywhere.
How does DFI’s manufacturing process differ from its competitors?
Rather than using harsh chemicals or transgenic yeast, DFI uses a green electrochemical process. DFI's proprietary process involves a novel and highly efficient conversion of food starch into xylitol and glucose into erythritol. The Company has six key patents and patent applications for this technology.
Where is DFI Erythritol produced?
Proudly in Moses Lake, Washington, USA.