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lc-chica 04-13-2013 12:28 PM

Does erythritol have calories?
Or should I say do you count anything for erythritol?


tofucheez 04-13-2013 01:08 PM

Some people don't count it at all, some count it at half the cals/carbs of sugar. Sorry no definitive answer. Just like with CO....some count it, some don't.

ravenrose 04-13-2013 07:17 PM

I think the science is totally different for E vs CO and calories. I don't think E has any digestible calories. If it does, it's mighty small. It doesn't raise my blood sugar AT ALL, and that is pretty rare. Protein raises my blood sugar, even!

tofucheez 04-14-2013 05:31 AM

RR- I didn't say the science was the same. I said that some people count, some don't. Some people feel it affects them, some don't.

adillenal 04-14-2013 06:27 AM

I just bought a bag to try since I am trying to quit using so much sucralose. The bag says 0 calories for 1 t but the blurb on the bag says 95% fewer calories than sugar and virtually calories free. That means anything over a t is going to have a few calories.
That said, I am not planning on counting the calories to start with. It should not be a large enough number to cause me problems and I can always go back and adjust.

lc-chica 04-14-2013 09:41 AM

Okay thanks for your input.

I didn't realize some people didn't count coconut oil. Hmm...

lc-chica 04-14-2013 10:34 AM

Just wanted to add

I did notice that prepared drinks (Zevia soda, Lifewater, and Vitamin Water Zero) all claim zero calories and they all contain erythritol (and stevia). That's why I was interested in your opinions!

Thanks again!

tofucheez 04-14-2013 11:55 AM

I take the "zero calorie" claims with a grain of salt. I think a lot of it is "creative" advertising. Like the spray butter that says zero cals per serving. Maybe so, but that little bottle has 900 cals total in it.

lc-chica 04-14-2013 01:31 PM

Yikes! Yeah, I noticed one of the bottles has 2.5 servings in it.... so 0 calories per each serving. The ingredients don't look bad though, I think it's mainly the erythritol :)

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