Bulk sweetener with good taste props. Not metabolised, excreted unchanged in urine. Less sweet than sucrose. Use not yet permitted in most countries (1997). GRAS status for use as a sweetener, thickener, stabiliser, humectant, etc. in food Erythritol ((2R,3S)-butane-1,2,3,4-tetraol) is a natural sugar alcohol (a type of sugar substitute) which has been approved for use in the United States and throughout much of the world. It occurs naturally in fruits and fermented foods. At industrial level, it is produced from glucose by fermentation with a yeast, Moniliella pollinis. It is 60?70% as sweet as table sugar yet it is almost non-caloric, does not affect blood sugar, does not cause tooth decay, and is absorbed by the body, therefore unlikely to cause gastric side effects unlike other sugar alcohols. Under U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labeling requirements, it has a caloric value of 0.2 calories per gram (95% less than sugar and other carbohydrates), though nutritional labelling varies from country to country?some countries like Japan label it as zero-calorie, while European Union regulations currently label it and all other sugar alcohols at 2.4 kcal/g.; Erythritol occurs widely in nature and has been found to occur naturally in several foods including wine, sake, beer, water melon, pear, grape and soy sauce. Evidence indicates that erythritol also exists endogenously in the tissues and body fluids of humans and animals. Erythritol is absorbed from the proximal intestine by passive diffusion in a manner similar to that of many low molecular weight organic molecules which do not have associated active transport systems, the rate of absorption being related to their molecular size; In the body, erythritol is absorbed into the bloodstream in the small intestine, and then for the most part excreted unchanged in the urine. Because erythritol is normally absorbed before it enters the large intestine, it does not normally cause laxative effects as are often experienced after over-consumption of other sugar alcohols (such as xylitol and maltitol) and most people will consume erythritol with no side effects. This is a unique characteristic, as other sugar alcohols are not absorbed directly by the body in this manner, and consequently are more prone to causing gastric distress.; erythritol, a 4-carbon molecule, passes through the intestinal membranes at a faster rate than larger molecules such as mannitol or glucose. In diabetics, erythritol also has been shown to be rapidly absorbed and excreted unchanged in the urine. Following absorption, ingested erythritol is rapidly distributed throughout the body and has been reported to occur in hepatocytes, pancreatic cells, and vascular smooth muscle cells. Erythritol also has been reported to cross the human placenta and to pass slowly from the plasma into the brain and cerebrospinal fluid. (PMID: 9862657, Food and Chemical Toxicology (1998), 36(12), 1139-1174.)
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butane-1,2,3,4-tetrol (Click)
CAS Number: 7541-59-5Picture of molecule
ECHA EINECS - REACH Pre-Reg: 231-418-3
Nikkaji Web: J307.870A
XlogP3: -2.30 (est)
Molecular Weight: 122.12050000
Formula: C4 H10 O4
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DG SANTE Food Additives: erythritol
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Physical Properties:
Assay: 95.00 to 100.00 % 
Food Chemicals Codex Listed: No
Soluble in:
 water, 1e+006 mg/L @ 25 °C (est)
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Category: humectants
Recommendation for erythritol usage levels up to:
 not for fragrance use.
Recommendation for erythritol flavor usage levels up to:
 not for flavor use.
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Sugar-free hard confectionery with at least 90% erythritol and reduction of dental plaque which reduces the risk of dental caries: evaluation of a health claim pursuant to Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006
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PubMed: A two-stage fermentation process of erythritol production by yeast Y. lipolytica from molasses and glycerol.
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PubMed: Cloning of the transketolase gene from erythritol-producing yeast Candida magnoliae.
PubMed: Optimization of medium composition for erythritol production from glycerol by Yarrowia lipolytica using response surface methodology.
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PubMed: Two transaldolase isogenes from Moniliella megachiliensis behave in a different way depending on the stress class.
PubMed: A comparative study on glycerol metabolism to erythritol and citric acid in Yarrowia lipolytica yeast cells.
PubMed: Erythritol, a non-nutritive sugar alcohol sweetener and the main component of truvia®, is a palatable ingested insecticide.
PubMed: Alditols and monosaccharides from sorghum vinegar can attenuate platelet aggregation by inhibiting cyclooxygenase-1 and thromboxane-A2 synthase.
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PubMed: Recognition of riboflavin and the capsular polysaccharide of Haemophilus influenzae type b by antibodies generated to the haptenic epitope D-ribitol.
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PubMed: [Determination of alditols in foods by ion chromatography-mass spectrometry].
PubMed: [Case of 5 year-old boy with anaphylaxis due to erythritol with negative prick test and positive intradermal test].
PubMed: Mineral supplementation increases erythrose reductase activity in erythritol biosynthesis from glycerol by Yarrowia lipolytica.
PubMed: Detection of sugar alcohol-specific IgE.
PubMed: [Simultaneous determination of monosaccharides, disaccharides, oligosaccharides and sugar alcohols in foods by high performance liquid chromatography with evaporative light-scattering detection].
PubMed: [Determination of alditols in wine by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry after acetate derivatization].
PubMed: Enhanced production of erythritol by Yarrowia lipolytica on glycerol in repeated batch cultures.
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PubMed: Microbiological Characteristics of Wild Yeast Strain Pichia anomala Y197-13 for Brewing Makgeolli.
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PubMed: Biotechnological production of erythritol and its applications.
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PubMed: Characterization of galactosyl derivatives obtained by transgalactosylation of lactose and different polyols using immobilized beta-galactosidase from Aspergillus oryzae.
PubMed: High-yield production of erythritol from raw glycerol in fed-batch cultures of Yarrowia lipolytica.
PubMed: Analysis of erythritol in foods by polyclonal antibody-based indirect competitive ELISA.
PubMed: [Gene regulation to lactic acid bacteria for increasing production of flavor metabolite].
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PubMed: Production of L-sorbitol from L-fructose by Aureobasidium pullulans LP23 isolated from soy sauce mash.
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PubMed: Primary structure analysis and functional expression of erythrose reductases from erythritol-producing fungi (Trichosporonoides megachiliensis SNG-42).
PubMed: Induction of de novo volatile terpene biosynthesis via cytosolic and plastidial pathways by methyl jasmonate in foliage of Vitis vinifera L.
PubMed: Substrate utilization by Aspergillus flavus in inoculated whole corn kernels and isolated tissues.
PubMed: Proteomics and physiology of erythritol-producing strains.
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PubMed: Solid-state and mechanical properties of aqueous chitosan-amylose starch films plasticized with polyols.
PubMed: Polyol accumulation by Aspergillus oryzae at low water activity in solid-state fermentation.
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PubMed: Health potential of polyols as sugar replacers, with emphasis on low glycaemic properties.
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PubMed: Allergic reactions after ingestion of erythritol-containing foods and beverages.
PubMed: [New food substitute (sweetener)--erythritol].
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PubMed: Effects of oral administration of erythritol on patients with diabetes.
PubMed: Chronic toxicity and carcinogenicity study of erythritol in rats.
PubMed: Two-generation reproduction study of erythritol in rats.
PubMed: Embryotoxicity and teratogenicity study with erythritol in rats.
PubMed: Subchronic oral toxicity studies with erythritol in mice and rats.
PubMed: Four-week oral toxicity study with erythritol in rats.
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