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Old 02-07-2009, 11:41 PM   #1
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Can Someone Explain The Difference Between Granular and Powdered Erythritol?

I apologize if this has been answered elsewhere, I can't find it ....maybe too sleepy lol
In all the recipes I've been reading here, the ones that call for Erythritol....is that granular or powdered? What are the different applications for each type and which do you recommend for which type of recipe?
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Old 02-08-2009, 07:41 AM   #2
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anyone? lol help?????
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Old 02-08-2009, 07:48 AM   #3
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Powdered erythritol is ground up regular erytritol. It nearly doubles in volume when you grind it, so you have to pay attention to the recipe to adjust amounts when necessary. I always use granular erythtitol, and I always grind it in my coffee grinder. Erythritol has a tendency to crystalize. These crystals are crunchy with a kind of minty taste that can ruin a recipe. Ground erythritol has less of a tendency to recrystalize.
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Old 02-08-2009, 08:59 AM   #4
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TY so much! So when I read the recipes that include the Erythritol, they are referring to the ground version, right?
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Old 02-08-2009, 12:45 PM   #5
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Usually they are referring to regular erythritol. Ground erythritol is called powdered erythritol in most recipes.
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Old 02-08-2009, 12:58 PM   #6
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So if I had a recipe calling for 2 cups of POWDERED erythritol I could grind up 1 cup of granulated and use just that? Sorry for the stupid question.
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Old 02-08-2009, 01:16 PM   #7
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I don't think it completely doubles. I would try 1 and 1/4 cup of granula. You can grind it and measure it. Let me know the answer if you do.
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Will do, and thanks so much!
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:42 PM   #9
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If the recipe calls for "powdered erythritol," grind the erythritol into a powder and then measure.

If it calls for "erythritol, powdered" just follow the amount of granular erythritol they list and then powder it. You wouldn't have to measure it afterwards.
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:55 PM   #10
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i thought sugar alcohols were bad?
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Old 02-08-2009, 07:40 PM   #11
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i thought sugar alcohols were bad?
Erythritol causes the least problems of all of the sugar alcohols. It's metabolized differently.
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It's 0 on the glycemic index. And 90% is excreted within 24 hours. I've never had a problem with it.
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It's 0 on the glycemic index. And 90% is excreted within 24 hours. I've never had a problem with it.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:13 AM   #14
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i thought sugar alcohols were bad?
Hi Stego...
Naw...just more low-carb-lore we deal with on a routine basis. It falls into the if it tastes good, it must be bad for you category.

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It's YMMV like most things in life. Some sa's like maltitol give some people gastric distress.

What Are Sugar Alcohols?-Blood Sugar and Sugar Alcohols
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Here's what I discovered in trying Kevin PA's recipes: There is a huge difference in the powdered erythritol purchased from netrition, and making my own. No matter how finely I ground the granular erythritol, it never dissolved completely in the recipes. Example: Kevin's chocolate truffles tasted great, but the texture was grainy when I ground my own.

But now that I got my netrition order, I use the powdered erythritol and it dissolves beautifully. The products are just as good as those with sugar, and no bad side effects. Enjoy!

Powdered erythritol is one of the few LC products that I am totally in love with.
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:56 PM   #17
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What are the Exchanges with erythritol in recipes???? Compared to Sugar!

For Example: If a Recipe calls for 1cup of white sugar: How much erythritol should I use?

Same as Splenda if a recipe calls for 1/2cup splenda....How much erythritol would I use in place of Splenda?
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:03 AM   #18
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Great question! I was wondering the same thing!
I saw yesterday at Harris Teeter that the standard bag of Splenda had hit 10.00 .........yikes!
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:17 AM   #19
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I've just started using Truvia, which is erythritol and stevia, but I want to use it in baking so I'm thinking of just ordering erythritol and stevia seperately and would love to know how to convert recipes too.
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:52 AM   #20
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The general math when subbing granular erythritol is measure for measure it is 70% as sweet. If you are subbing powered erythritol it drops to 35 to 40% depending on whether you are using erythritol you powered yourself or bought that way.

That being said, it would have to be a very rare case for me to use 100% erythritol as a sweetener in any recipe since the cooling effect of the erythritol would most certainly be over-whelming. The synergy of 2 or more sweeteners is always your best bet.


Oh and Joni I agree that the erythritol bought powered work best by far although in a pinch I have ground it fine enough in my little Krups coffee grinder not to be gritty.

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Old 02-11-2009, 03:32 AM   #21
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Kevin, what do you personally prefer to add to the erythritol to achieve the proper sweetness?
Also, what are your views on Whey Low?
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Old 02-11-2009, 03:43 AM   #22
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I use splenda, usually in the form of splenda quick packs. I realize they are discontinuing it but I bought a large supply and it will be quite some time before I run out.

Personally I won't use whey low, sugar by any name is still sugar. I tried it and its diabetic version and it did the same to my BG numbers as sugar does so I tossed it.
If it works for you....good deal but it is not for me.

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Old 02-11-2009, 03:47 AM   #23
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I've never tried the Whey Low, I just found a reference to it and was wondering. I think I'll best leave it alone. I also need to check our local Big Lots to see if I can find some of the last of the QuickPacks.
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I've never tried the Whey Low, I just found a reference to it and was wondering. I think I'll best leave it alone. I also need to check our local Big Lots to see if I can find some of the last of the QuickPacks.

splenda still sells them online.....I never have figured that one out yet....lol
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splenda still sells them online.....I never have figured that one out yet....lol
I believe they stopped making them a while ago, but are still selling off the remaining inventory.
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