Erythritol is a sugar alcohol found naturally in pears, melons and certain other fruits, as well as mushrooms and fermented foods.  Erythritol is almost completely absorbed in the small intestine and excreted unchanged in the urine; therefore, its caloric content is lower than that of the other sugar alcohols (0.2 calories/g)(1). Erythritol has been designated Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. Kroger M, Meister K, Kava R. Low-calorie sweeteners and other sugar substitutes: a review of the safety issues. Comp Rev Food Sci Food Safety 2006;5:47.