ERYLITE® is a novel bulk sweetener with a caloric value close to zero. Chemically, it is a four-carbon sugar alcohol (polyol). ERYLITE® is produced by microbial fermentation of a carbohydrate substrate. It is the only sugar alcohol that is considered to be natural.
ERYLITE® is a white odourless crystalline material or powder of high purity. ERYLITE® occurs naturally in a wide variety of foods, including many fruits and mushrooms, as well as in fermented foods such as cheese, wine, beer, and soy sauce. Its sweetening profile is very close to sucrose, while its sweetness amounts up to 60 - 70 % of the sweetness of sucrose.
ERYLITE®'s metabolic profile is unique. It is readily absorbed in the small intestine and is excreted unchanged. Only about 5 % of the intrinsic caloric value of ERYLITE® is provided to the body. This metabolic profile leads to the extremely low effective caloric value of ERYLITE®.
ERYLITE® is non-cariogenic and has a zero glycemic index. ERYLITE® has the highest digestive tolerance of all polyols used in food.
Jungbunzlauer ERYLITE® is supplied in accordance with the current requirements of the Food Chemical Codex (FCC) and the European food additives purity criteria on E968.
ERYLITE® is available in a granular fine grade.
ERYLITE® is available in 20 kg net polyethylene bags.
- Clean sweet taste
- 60 - 70 % as sweet as sucrose
- Adds body and mouthfeel
- Masks off-tastes, e.g. of intense sweeteners or caffeine
- No calories
- Zero glycemic index
- High digestive tolerance / non-laxative
- Qualitative and quantitative synergies with intense sweeteners
- Cooling effect upon dissolution
- Heat stable up to 180°C
- No Maillard browning reaction
- Causes freezing point depression
- Very low hygroscopicity
- Cereals, Snacks
- Desserts, Ice Cream
- Fruit Preparations, Sweet Spreads
- Ready Meals, Instant Food
- Sauces, Dressings, Seasonings
- Soy Products
- Table Top Products
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Carbonated Soft Drinks
- Instant Drinks, Syrups
- Juice Drinks
- RTD Tea and Coffee
- Sports and Energy Drinks
- Colour Cosmetics
- Hair Care
- Oral Care
- Skin Care
- Soap and Bath Products
- Clinical Nutrition
- OTC, Food Supplements
ERYLITE® is safe under the conditions of its intended use.
It has been approved for food use in the European Union in 2006 as E968 and the UK adopted the European Union's approval.
In the U.S. Erythritol is self affirmed GRAS (generally recognized as safe) since 2001. The sweetener can be used in food according to current GMP, with upper limits for specific applications.
In Japan Erythritol is approved since 1990 and is considered a zero calorie food.
Erythritol is also approved in Canada, Australia/New Zealand, Russia and many Asia/Pacific countries.