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Zerose Erythritol product

Zerose™ erythritol

The zero-calorie replacement for sugar’s bulk and sweetness

The sweet taste and mouthfeel of sugar… but with zero calories and multiple health benefits too. That's the unique benefit of Zerose™ erythritol from Cargill Sweetness. Zerose™ enables reduced-calorie claims that are impossible to achieve with traditional sugar alternatives.
That's because it contributes zero calories to final food formulations. However, with its clean, sweet, sugar-like taste, and ability to replicate the mouthfeel of full-sugar formulations, Zerose™ lets manufacturers offer healthier food choices with all the traditional taste and well-rounded flavor expected by consumers. Erythritol is the only zero-calorie bulk sweetener.
Zerose™ makes your customers' dreams of 'healthy enjoyment' come true.

Successfully adding healthy enjoyment to dairy Yoghurt with strawberry

  • Zero calorie
  • Sugar-like taste and mouthfeel
  • Ability to mask unpleasant tastes
  • Superior digestive tolerance
  • Attractive cooling effect
  • Does not raise blood glucose or insulin levels

Zero-calorie confectionery with distinctive textures and tastesYoghurt with strawberry

  • Zero calorie
  • Sugar-like taste and mouthfeel
  • Non-hygroscopic
  • Attractive cooling effect
  • Accredited as "toothfriendly" by Toothfriendly International
  • Superior digestive tolerance


Brand: Zerose Erythritol

Category Applications
  • Cake & pastries
  • Fat filling
  • Cream filling
  • Fruit filling
  • Cereal bars
  • Glazings
  • Hard candies
  • Chewy candies
  • Pastilles
  • Gums & jellies
  • Chewing-gum
  • Lozenges
  • Chocolate
  • Coating
  • Dusting
  • Fondant
  • Ice-cream
  • Dairy desserts
  • Fermented dairy products
  • Fruit preparations


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Health benefits

Positive health attributes of Zerose™

Zero calorie

Zerose™ contributes no calories because it passes through the human body almost unchanged. Unlike other polyols it is absorbed quickly and easily in the small intestine, and not fermented in the large intestine. In the EU, European Directive 2008/100/EC formally recognizes the unique zero-calorie status of Zerose™.

Well tolerated

Because erythritol is rapidly absorbed from the small intestine and almost eliminated by the body within 24 hours, it is not fermented in the large intestine. This digestive tolerance issues associated with other polyols are unlikely when consuming foods containing Zerose™. In fact, clinical studies have established that Zerose™ is similarly tolerated to other nutritive sweeteners such as lactose.

No concerns for diabetics

Zerose™ does not raise blood glucose or insulin levels. It serves as a useful sugar alternative for the growing number of people with diabetic and pre-diabetic conditions.

[IMAGE:Zerose™ diabetics graph]


Unlike sucrose, Zerose™ is not fermented by the oral bacteria that cause dental caries. Accordingly, Zerose™ has received “toothfriendly” status from Toothfriendly International.

Antioxidant properties

Peer-reviewed laboratory studies in animals have shown that erythritol acts as an antioxidant in vivo. Further studies are required to establish such effects in humans.
(Source: Nutrition, doi:10.1016/j.nut.2009.05.004)

Technical aspects

Erythritol is a low molecular weight polyol, comprising four carbon atoms. It appears as white crystalline, odorless product which rapidly dissolves in water (up to 60 g/100 ml at 30°C) to give a brilliantly clear, low viscosity, colorless solution.

Manufacturing process

Erythritol is the first polyol to be manufactured on a commercial scale by a fermentation process. The starting material is a simple sugar-rich substrate which is fermented by a yeast like fungus to yield erythritol.

The product is then crystallized to 99.5 percent purity from the filtered and concentrated fermentation broth.

[IMAGE:Zerose™ manufacturing process]

Functional properties


Zerose™ rapidly dissolves in water (up to 60 g/100 ml at 30°C) to give a brilliantly clear, low viscosity, colorless sweet-tasting solution.

[IMAGE:Zerose™ solubility graph]

Solubility of erythritol in water at different temperatures compared to other polyols and sucrose


Zerose™ crystals are non-hygroscopic, which is particularly valuable in confectionery applications where it contributes to extended shelf life.

[IMAGE:Zerose™ hygroscopicity graph]

Sorption isotherms of polyols

Water activity

Zerose™'s water activity in solution (lower than sucrose) efficiently reduces and control the water activity of foodstuffs, thus extending their shelf life.

[IMAGE:Zerose™ water activity graph]

[IMAGE:Impact of sweeteners on water activity (aw)]


Zerose™ crystals melt at 121°C to form a colorless and transparent non-viscous melt. Zerose™ crystallizes quickly and has a glass transition temperature of - 42°C.

[IMAGE:Zerose™ crystallization graph]

Melting point, crystallization, glass transition and cold crystallization


Zerose™ is much more stable than sucrose. It does not hydrolyze under prolonged exposure to pHs ranging 2 to 10 and there is no product decomposition and/or discoloration at temperatures up to 160°C. This stability enables a great flexibility in the various processes used in food manufacturing such as pasteurization, UHT treatment, hot pack, etc.

Extended storage

Zerose™ has a shelf life of about 36 months in solid form, when stored under cool and dry conditions.

 Some Cargill products are only approved for use in certain geographies, end uses, and/or at certain usage levels. It is the customer's responsibility to determine, for a particular geography, that (i) the Cargill product, its use and usage levels, (ii) the customer's product and its use, and (iii) any claims made about the customer's product, all comply with applicable laws and regulations.