Ask Leah! The Ingles Dietitian

Sponsored: What is Erythritol?

Sponsored: What is Erythritol?

Erythritol is a classified as a polyol or sugar alcohol and is a type of carbohydrate. It is found naturally in some foods like pears, melons, and grapes and can be manufactured.

It has sweetness but fewer calories than sugar, so it’s often used in reduced sugar items like beverages and “keto” or reduced sugar products. Erythritol is sometimes used along with stevia and monkfruit to mask their bitter aftertaste.The amount of erythritol added to foods and beverages is usually quite small, for example, the amount of erythritol in a packet of Truvia is 3 grams, and currently the amount that is considered safe to use per day is up to about 50 grams/day. You would have to consume the equivalent of a little over 16 packets of Truvia in a day to be in the level of what is concerning. 

Bottom Line: If you are trying to reduce the amount of sugar you eat, but still like sweetened beverages and foods, there are many low and no-calorie sweeteners that are available.Switch it up, don’t use anything to excess and although it sounds boring… MODERATION IS THE KEY. 

Sources: Center for Science in the Public Interest (  and IFIC: Food Insight (


Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Related Items

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian


Leave a comment

1 comment

  • Recent news is erythritol use leads to significant risk of stroke. Use sparingly please!

    posted by Margie MacDonald

    Monday, 03/13/2023

Smokey Mountain News Logo
Go to top
Payment Information


At our inception 20 years ago, we chose to be different. Unlike other news organizations, we made the decision to provide in-depth, regional reporting free to anyone who wanted access to it. We don’t plan to change that model. Support from our readers will help us maintain and strengthen the editorial independence that is crucial to our mission to help make Western North Carolina a better place to call home. If you are able, please support The Smoky Mountain News.

The Smoky Mountain News is a wholly private corporation. Reader contributions support the journalistic mission of SMN to remain independent. Your support of SMN does not constitute a charitable donation. If you have a question about contributing to SMN, please contact us.