Love Keto and Low Carb baking from scratch?
If so, you’ve probably come across one or both of these sweeteners in recipes or premade products or mixes. If you’ve been curious about the differences between the two are, we’ve popped together this quick list to help make it easier for you to choose which is suitable for you!
|Calorie Comparison to sugar||Xylitol contains 40% less calories than sugar.||Erythritol has the lowest calorie content of any natural sweetener at 0.2 calories per gram. |
This means it contains 95% less calories than sugar.
|Taste Profile||Of all natural sugar alternatives, Xylitol provides the closest taste and texture to sugar. |
Xylitol doesn’t have an after taste like stevia that is present in many sugar alternative blends.
|Depending on your application, you may notice Erythritol to have a “cooling effect”/menthol sensation.|
This is reduced upon baking - however if you are adding to tea or coffee it may be noticeable.
Apart from the “cooling effect” Erythritol doesn’t have an after taste like stevia, that is present in many sugar alternative blends.
|Benefits||Being a sugar alternative, Xylitol matches the sweetness of sugar whilst containing 40% less calories - great for weight management.|
Xylitol is perfect for those that are sensitive to changes in their blood sugars such as diabetics or those that are reducing their carbohydrate intake without wanting to sacrifice sweet treats.
Regular consumption of xylitol can also cause cavity-forming bacteria to starve and die off by almost 75 percent, as well as increasing the flow of saliva and creating a more alkaline environment - which is great news for our teeth and preventing tooth decay.
|Erythritol suppresses the growth of oral bacteria, such as Streptococcus, which form a biofilm on your teeth and cause tooth decay. Inhibition of microbial growth leads to a reduction in the acid produced by your gut. This way, the teeth don’t develop caries and plaques.|
Erythritol is perfect for those that are sensitive to changes in their blood sugars such as diabetics or those that are reducing their carbohydrate intake without wanting to sacrifice sweet treats.
Erythritol is easily digested in your gut. It also has a very low glycemic index.
This is why you have lesser acidity and flatulence when you choose erythritol over other sugar substitutes.
|Sweetness level compared to sugar||Xylitol has equal sweetness, taste, and volume to sugar, and can be used in many of the same ways.||Erythritol is only about 70% as sweet as sugar, compared to Xylitol which has equal sweetness to sugar. In most Low Carb Baking, you can still convert 1:1 (from sugar listed in the recipe) as the volume is the same, however it will just be slightly less sweet.|
|Where does it come from?||Xylitol is naturally found in a variety of fruits & vegetables such as berries, plums, strawberries, pumpkin & even cauliflower! It is also naturally occurring in our bodies.|
Xylitol that is sold commercially now comes from raw plant materials such birch wood & corn cobs.
|Erythritol originally came from a variety of plant sources such as fruits (eg: pears, grapes & melons), vegetables & fermented food products (eg sake and wine). |
Erythritol is now made from maize based products.
|Other considerations.||Xylitol is toxic to dogs - We suggest if you do own dogs that you opt for Erythritol instead, however, if dogs are not a consideration for you, our preference is always Xylitol.||No - Erythritol is not poisonous to dogs.|
Did you know that we now sell BULK packs of both of these sweeteners to help make your low carb baking from scratch even easier!
Erythritol Natural Sweetener (600g)AUD$ 9.95
Our Premium Erythritol is the perfect sugar free, natural sweetener for any low carb pantry. Now with bulk value packs for your sugar ...
Xylitol Natural Sweetener (600g)AUD$ 10.95
Our Premium Xylitol is the perfect sugar free, natural sweetener for any low carb pantry. Now with bulk value packs for your sugar free ...
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