Frequently asked questions about Sukrin

Is Sukrin natural?

Sukrin can be considered natural according to ISO 19657 criteria for the term ‘natural’:
– Natural occurrence: Sukrin (erythritol) occurs naturally in foods like honey, grapes, melons etc.
– Natural raw materials: We produce Sukrin based on natural carbohydrates.
– Natural manufacture: Sukrin is made by a natural process, yeast fermentation.
– Natural purification process: No synthetic processes or chemicals are used in the purification of Sukrin.

Is Sukrin the same as Splenda (Sucralose) or aspartame?

No. Splenda® (sucralose) and aspartame do not occur in any plants or fruits and are therefore not natural. They are laboratory-produced substances that are several hundred times as sweet as sugar. They are so sweet that they are usually blended with calorie-containing fillers, such as dextrose or maltodextrin, in order to be useable as sweeteners. Sukrin is used in its pure form.

Is Sukrin the same as fructose?

No. Fructose is a type of sugar with 400 calories per 100g, just like regular sugar (sucrose). Sukrin is not a type of sugar, and contains no calories.

Is Sukrin a carbohydrate?

Yes and no. Sukrin is technically a carbohydrate, but it does not behave like regular carbohydrates such as sugar and starch. Sukrin is not used as energy in the body, but excreted unused in the urine. You do not need to take Sukrin into account when calculating your intake of carbohydrates. Therefore, Sukrin is very well-suited for all low-carb diets and for anyone who’d like to avoid unnecessary carbohydrates.

Why can Sukrin cause a cold feeling in your mouth?

Sometimes you may experience a “cold” feeling when you eat Sukrin. This happens when the Sukrin granulated crystals melt on your tongue. When the grains melt, your tongue feels a little colder for a little while. This is completely harmless. The same type of cooling effect is also known from xylitol and menthol.

Can Sukrin be used by people with candida sensitivity?

Yes. The candida fungus can not use Sukrin to cultivate itself.

Can Sukrin be used by diabetics?

Yes. Sukrin does not affect blood sugar and insulin levels. Therefore, granulated Sukrin is suitable for consumption by diabetics.

Can Sukrin be used safely by people who suffer from fructose malabsorption?

Yes. Sukrin does not contain fructose and is not converted to fructose in the human body.

How is Sukrin produced?

Sukrin is manufactured by means of a fermentation process that uses dextrose (glucose). A natural microorganism is added to the glucose after which the fermentation begins. The result of this process is filtered, rinsed and crystallised into small grains. These crystals are washed again and dried using hot air. Finally, the crystals are sifted to ensure only the right-sized ones are packed and made ready for sale. No chemicals are used at any stage of the process, and the raw materials are guaranteed GMO-free. The fermentation process is identical to the one wine, cheese and yoghurt undergoes, and is completely natural.

What is the raw material used to make Sukrin?

Sukrin is produced by fermentation of glucose syrup from non-GMO corn/maize, cultivated in Germany and France. The product undergoes several purification steps and is finally obtained in its highly pure form. Therefore, we can exclude that fermentation raw materials are present in the final product in detectable amounts.

Could there be traces of pesticides in Sukrin?

The corn/maize is regularly tested on pesticide residues according to Commission Regulation (EU) No. 396/2005 and all its amendments. Based on these tests and on the production process, we can exclude that our final products contain traces of substances which are currently authorized for the intended use as pesticides.

Is Sukrin approved in the European Union?

Yes. Sukrin (erythritol) was, after thorough evaluation, approved for human consumption in the European Union in the summer of 2006 . In Japan it has been in use since 1990 and in the USA since 1997.

How many calories does Sukrin contain?

Sukrin contains zero calories. In comparison, regular sugar (sucrose) has 400 calories per 100g. Calories are a measuring unit which designates how much energy is supplied to the body when metabolising food. When more calories are consumed than can be used, the surplus is stored as fat.

What are sugar alcohols?

Sugar alcohols are a group of substances that occur in nature. Chemically, they have elements in common with both sugar and alcohol, but despite the name they are neither of these. Sukrin is based on a sugar alcohol called erythritol.

In what way is Sukrin different compared to other sugar alcohols?

Our body treats Sukrin differently compared to other sugar alcohols (xylitol, maltitol, sorbitol, etc.). Sukrin is the smallest of all sugar alcohols that are known to us and is almost completely (90%) absorbed in the small intestine and excreted unchanged.

The other sugar alcohols are larger and are only partially absorbed in the small intestine. They move on to the large intestine where they are decomposed by bacteria that produce acids and gases. These fatty acids are absorbed as energy by the body. In addition, water is drawn out of the intestines (due to osmotic pressure), which can cause diarrhea.

Sukrin thus differs from other sugar alcohols in that it does not provide energy or stomach discomfort when consumed at normal levels.

Why is the sentence “Not suitable for the production of beverages.” on the Sukrin label?

The European Union decided that sugar alcohols are not to be used in beverages, since it is easier to consume larger amounts when drinking rather than when eating something. All sugar alcohols are subject to the same legislation, therefore Sukrin must have this label, despite it having a much higher digestive tolerance than other sugar alcohols. In the US, however, Sukrin is allowed to be used in beverages, and we hope that this will also happen in Europe soon.

What is the shelf life of Sukrin?

Sukrin packages have a “best before” date of 3 years after production. In practice, granulated Sukrin has a virtually unlimited shelf life, just like regular sugar.

Can I rely on the fact that it is safe to use Sukrin?

A critical and thorough study of all conditions surrounding granulated Sukrin was put together in 1998. Nothing negative could be found.

Here are the conclusions of the 36-page study:

The large body of published data supports the conclusion that the intake of erythritol would not be expected to cause adverse effects in humans under the conditions of its intended use in food.
The available studies demonstrate that erythritol is readily absorbed, is not systemically metabolized, and is rapidly excreted unchanged in the urine.
Moreover, erythritol occurs endogenously and naturally in the diet. Both animal toxicological studies and clinical studies have consistently demonstrated the safety of erythritol, even when consumed on a daily basis in high amounts. Based on the entire safety data package on erythritol, it is concluded that erythritol is safe for its intended use in food.

(Food and Chemical Toxicology 36 (1998) 1139-1174)

Can I eat Sukrin if I follow Jewish or Islamic dietary laws?

Yes, Sukrin is certified Kosher and Halal.

What is the chemical formula of Sukrin?

Sukrin is a 4-carbon linear sugar alcohol and its chemical formula is C4H10O4.

For more details about studies conducted on Sukrin, please refer to our references page.