Let's Talk About Erythritol and Why It's Safe

Let's Talk About Erythritol and Why It's Safe

A supplement doesn’t work if nobody takes it. That’s why our Chief Product Officer, Rob Bent, took taste seriously when developing Som Sleep. How does he describe it? Berry with a twist. How does he achieve it? Using a natural sweetener system that includes erythritol.

What it is:

Erythritol is a “sugar alcohol” found naturally in some fruits, vegetables, and fermented foods. Think: pears, melons, mushrooms, and wine. Despite its name, erythritol will not get you drunk. Sorry to disappoint. Its “alcohol” moniker simply describes its molecular structure. We use erythritol in Som as a natural, low-calorie sweetener.

What it does:

Erythritol is about 70% as sweet as sugar, but contains 95% fewer calories. It’s unique in that its sweetness is very similar to sugar, but it doesn’t raise your blood sugar level or contribute to tooth decay. To top it off, using erythritol lets you avoid the tummy aches associated with other sugar alcohols like xylitol, sorbitol, and maltitol.

Why we use it:

We use erythritol as one part of the natural sweetener system in Som. We pair it with stevia and cane sugar in our original version, while our sugar free option includes stevia and monk fruit extract instead. Erythritol provides an excellent sweetness profile to help balance the other ingredients in the natural sweetener system. Its clean taste and low caloric content help make Som an easy addition to your sleep regimen.

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