Should I Avoid Erythritol?

Should I Avoid Erythritol?

Let’s face it: we’re in a sugar epidemic. Finding truly healthier alternatives to sugar can be difficult these days. You might have noticed that our plant-based, gluten-free cashew dessert spreads are sweetened with monk fruit and organic dates instead of artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols like erythritol. When we were making Elavi we decided to steer clear of these and here’s why: 

The Scoop on Erythritol: Why We Avoid It

What is Erythritol?

Erythritol is a sugar alcohol commonly used as a low-calorie sweetener in many “sugar-free” products. While it might seem like a healthier alternative to sugar, erythritol isn’t as sweet as it sounds.

Potential Digestive Issues

Erythritol can cause digestive discomfort for some people. Because it’s not fully absorbed by the body, it can ferment in the gut, leading to bloating, gas, and other stomach troubles. Enjoying your snacks shouldn’t come with a side of discomfort!

Artificial Processing

Erythritol is often heavily processed and can be derived from genetically modified cornstarch. At Elavi, we prioritize real ingredients like monk fruit and organic dates to sweeten our low-sugar cashew butters to ensure that you’re getting the best quality in every bite. 

The Sweet Benefits of Monk Fruit and Organic Dates

Monk Fruit: The Natural Sweetener

Monk fruit is a small green melon that’s been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. Here’s why we love it:

  • Zero Calories: Monk fruit is naturally sweet without any calories, making it perfect for those watching their sugar intake.
  • Antioxidant-Rich: Monk fruit contains mogrosides, powerful antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and protect your cells from damage.
  • No Blood Sugar Spikes: Unlike sugar and many artificial sweeteners, monk fruit doesn’t raise blood sugar levels, making it a great choice for those managing diabetes or looking to maintain steady energy levels.

Organic Dates: Nature’s Candy

Dates are nature’s perfect sweet treat, packed with nutrients and natural sugars. Here’s why they’re a staple in our cashew butters:

  • Nutrient-Dense: Dates are rich in fiber, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B6 and K. They provide a natural energy boost while supporting overall health.
  • Gut-Friendly: The fiber in dates supports healthy digestion and helps keep you feeling full and satisfied.
  • Natural Sweetness: Dates offer a rich, caramel-like sweetness that enhances the flavor of our cashew butters without the need for added sugars or artificial sweeteners.

Hot tip: Our go-to snack is a stuffed date! Grab a pitted date, open it up and fill it with one of our cashew butters for the perfect, blood sugar friendly snack! You can also add coconut flakes or cocoa nibs on top! 

Why We Choose Monk Fruit and Organic Dates

These natural sweeteners align with our commitment to providing delicious, wholesome snacks that support your health and well-being.

  • Pure and Natural: Monk fruit and organic dates are free from artificial additives and processing, ensuring you get pure, natural sweetness in every spoonful.
  • Taste You’ll Love: The combination of monk fruit and organic dates creates a perfect balance of sweetness and flavor
  • Healthy Lifestyle: Our choice of sweeteners supports a healthy lifestyle, offering the benefits of natural ingredients without compromising on taste or nutrition.
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