What is erythritol?
Erythritol is a plant-based sugar alcohol naturally found in many vegetables and fruits like watermelon, pears & grapes. It is also produced by the human body and utilized in food and beverage formulations because of its ability to provide sweetness without calories. Erythritol has been scientifically studied for decades resulting in the World Health Organization (WHO) approving it for use in 1999 and the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approving erythritol for use in the United States in 2001 with a classification of “generally recognized as safe.” Erythritol is currently approved for use in human food and beverage in more than 50 countries, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union.
The erythritol used in some Splenda Brand Sweetener products (click here for a list) is Non-GMO Project Verified and is produced by a fermentation process using non-GMO corn. The product is then filtered and dried into crystals.
Learn more about erythritol by reading the International Food Information Council’s overview here.