Erythritol, stevia and xylitol are all zero-calorie or low-calorie alternative sweeteners. They each have unique benefits that make them desirable compared to other artificial sweeteners, many of which have a reputation for causing detrimental side effects.
However, beyond the similarities, these alternative sweeteners are fairly different from one another — even the ways that erythritol, stevia and xylitol should be used and how much should be consumed vary.
Substituting Erythritol for Sugar
Erythritol has a glycemic index of zero and a caloric value of 0.2 calories per gram, essentially making it noncaloric. This sweetener is made via fermentation from glucose and sucrose to create a product that's about 70 percent as sweet as sugar.Erythritol is one of the most popular alternative sweeteners to normal sucrose-based sugar as it has no aftertaste and mixes well with other foods. There’s no need to create specific recipes using erythritol — just swap it for the equivalent amount of sugar.
Extracts from stevia leaves have been used for centuries as a medicinal herb in the traditional treatment of diabetes in South America.Today, scientific evidence on stevia supports its historic precedent in the regulation of blood sugar and insulin.Study even show that stevia extract can lower the blood pressure and contraol Insulin Levels.
Stevia, In 2008, after a rigorous review of the scientific evidence, the FDA granted stevia sweeteners GRAS status. It was also approved by the European Union in 2011.
Stevia primarily contains steviol glycosides, which can be used to make a sweetener 10 to 15 times as sweet as regular sugar. However, products sold as stevia may also refer to high-purity stevia leaf extract, which can be up to 400 times as sweet as regular sugar. Specific steviol glycosides that can create such high-intensity sweeteners include:
Stevioside: 150 to 300 times as sweet as sugar
Rebaudioside A: 200 to 400 times as sweet as sugar
Rebaudioside B: 300 to 350 times as sweet as sugar
Rebaudioside C: 50 to 120 times as sweet as sugar
Rebaudioside D: 200 to 300 times as sweet as sugar
Rebaudioside E: 250 to 300 times as sweet as sugar
Rubusoside: 110 times as sweet as sugar
Steviolbioside: 100 to 125 times as sweet as sugar
As kind of ew sugar alternative, stevia extract rebaudioside A has been wildly used in many time honored brand, such as many drinkings we meet daily. Today, hundreds of foods and beverages throughout the world are sweetened with stevia sweeteners. Among these are Vitamin Water®, Coke Zero®, Sprite Green®, Gatorade’s G2® and Crystal Light®. Coca-Cola® and Pepsi Cola® have both disclosed their intentions to use rebaudioside A, the sweetest stevia extract, as a zero-calorie soft-drink sweetener in the US.
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