What is the difference between Erythritol and Xylitol?
Erythritol & Xylitol are both natural sugar alcohols but vary slightly in depth of sweetness, glycemic index and how they are produced.
Xylitol is about the same sweetness as sugar where as Erthritol is only about 70% as sweet as sugar.
Xylitol has a glycemic index of around 7-12,
Erythritol has a glycemic index at 0-1.
These are both extremely low compared to sugar with a GI of around 65 and glucose at 100.
Erythritol has 0.2 calories per gram
Xylitol has 2.4 calories per gram
What is the difference between corn and Birch Xylitol?
Xylitol was originally made in Finland during the war when sugar rations were light, where it was made from the Bark of local Birch trees. Though birch bark is still used these days it is more commonly made from corn cobs. Our understanding is that the end product of both types of xylitol are apparently exactly the same. There is no difference in the taste or the composition.
Perhaps the biggest difference is in how sustainable they are. Many hard wood Birch tree need to be felled to produce Xylitol.
Though some countries have a replanting system there are still some questions as to how sustainable it really is. Corn on the other hand is in plentiful supply and only after the corn has been removed are the remaining cobs are used to produce the Xylitol
Birch Xylitol also generally more expensive.
We have chosen to use non-GMO corn Xylitol.
Are your sweeteners the same as artificial sweeteners?
Absolutely NOT. All our sweeteners originate from a natural source.
Stevia comes directly from the Stevia plant.
Xylitol and Erythritol are naturally found in fruits and vegetables (we even produce them in our own bodies in small amounts).