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FAQ – Swerve Sweetener

We know you probably have lots of questions about Swerve!  Listed below we’ve attempted to answer several of the questions we receive on a regular basis.  If you don’t see your questions answered, we certainly want to hear from you.  Shoot us a note!

What is Swerve Sweetener?
What are the ingredients in Swerve?
Does Swerve contain stevia or lo han guo in it?
How can Swerve be zero calorie and contain carbohydrates?
Is Swerve known to cause allergic reactions?
Does Swerve contain GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)?
Does Swerve contain MSG (monosodium glutamate)?
Is Swerve safe for people with diabetes?
How does Swerve measure compared to sugar?
Is Swerve safe for dogs and other animals?
How many cups of Swerve in a 16oz bag?
Are any harmful chemicals used in the process of making Swerve?
Is Swerve good for your teeth? Does Swerve inhibit the growth of the Streptacoccus bacteria, as does xylitol, therefore inhibiting the tooth decay process?
What fruits and vegetables do the ingredients in Swerve come from?
Some of my granular Swerve has gotten hard and chunky. What causes this and is there any way to prevent it? Also, what is a good way to get rid of the chunks?
Is Swerve new? How long has it been around?
Is Swerve Kosher?
The package states zero calories, but if you use one cup, how many calories are in a cup of Swerve?

What is Swerve Sweetener?

Swerve is a great tasting, natural sweetener that measures cup-for-cup just like sugar! Made from a unique combination of ingredients derived from fruits and vegetables, Swerve contains no artificial ingredients, preservatives or flavors.

What are the ingredients in Swerve?

The secret to our zero calorie sweetness is a combination of erythritol, oligosaccharides and natural flavors that provide just the right amount of sweetness with excellent baking and cooking functionality. Swerve even has the ability to brown and caramelize.

Understanding Erythritol

Erythritol is made by fermenting glucose with Moniliella pollinis (a natural microorganism found in honeycomb) which breaks down the glucose and yields erythritol. Erythritol also naturally occurs in many fruits and vegetables like melons, grapes, asparagus as well as fermented foods. Erythritol is classified by the FDA as a zero calorie, 4-carbon sugar alcohol that does not affect blood glucose.

Understanding Oligosaccharides

Oligosaccharides are sweet, non-digestible carbohydrates extracted from fruit and vegetable sources. They are similar to fiber and can help stimulate beneficial bacteria in the large intestine.

Understanding Natural Flavors

The natural flavors in Swerve are derived from fruit and vegetable sources.

Does Swerve contain stevia or lo han guo in it?

There is no stevia or monk fruit (lo han guo) in Swerve.  These are high intensity sweeteners and not well-suited for baking and cooking.  Swerve is equal sweetness to sugar and therefore easy to use in everyday recipes.

How can Swerve be zero calorie and contain carbohydrates?

The carbohydrates in Swerve come from the erythritol and oligosaccharides.  Erythritol is somewhat of an anomaly in the carbohydrate world as it is non-caloric.  Erythritol is absorbed in the small intestine and then excreted in the urine, therefore is it not metabolized and cannot contribute energy values (calories).  Erythritol is rapidly absorbed with very little making its way to the large intestine. Also, for this reason it is less likely, compared to other sugar alcohols like xylitol and maltitol, to cause gastrointestinal distress.

Is Swerve known to cause allergic reactions?

Swerve is considered non-allergenic .  The predominate ingredient in Swerve, erythritol, is a simple sugar alcohol and not known to undergo covalent binding to proteins.  It is not a reactive compound and it is not metabolized to reactive metabolites (Bornet et al., 1992; Hiele et al., 1993; Noda et al., 1994). Therefore, it is unlikely that erythritol should cause allergic reactions when consumed with foods. Furthermore, it occurs naturally in some foods, which are not known to be common allergens.  Additionally, no reactions, which would indicate any allergic sensitivity in humans,  were reported in the above mentioned human studies with erythritol.   Source:  SCF/CS/ADD/EDUL/215 Final 24 March 2003

Does Swerve contain GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)?

No, Swerve does not contain GMOs.  The ingredients in Swerve are sourced from Non-GMO vegetables and fruits.

Does Swerve contain MSG (monosodium glutamate)?

Swerve does not contain MSG or any other glutamate derivatives.

Is Swerve safe for people with diabetes?  *See our diabetes page

Swerve is non-glycemic and safe for those living with diabetes.  Human clinical trials performed at the Glycemic Index Laboratories in Toronto, Canada, have shown that Swerve does not affect blood glucose or insulin levels.

How does Swerve measure compared to sugar?

Swerve measures just like sugar.  There are no conversion charts needed when baking and cooking with Swerve. If your recipe calls for half a cup of sugar . . . you simply replace it with half a cup of Swerve!

Is Swerve safe for dogs and other animals?

Yes, Swerve is completely safe for animals including dogs. The erythritol in Swerve has been tested on dogs and shown to be non-harmful.

It is important to note that the polyol (sugar alcohol) xylitol can be toxic to dogs, even in small amounts. Swerve does not contain any xylitol.

How many cups of Swerve in a 16oz bag?

Approximately 2 ½ cups.

Are any harmful chemicals used in the process of making Swerve?

There are no “chemicals” in Swerve and no “chemicals” are used in the process of making Swerve.  It is a blend of natural ingredients called erythritol, oligosaccharides and natural flavor.  You can read about each of those on our website at this link: What is Swerve?

Is Swerve good for your teeth? Does Swerve inhibit the growth of the Streptacoccus bacteria, as does xylitol, therefore inhibiting the tooth decay process?

Swerve is made up predominately of erythritol.  Recent studies have shown that erythritol is actually superior to xylitol in its ability to inhibit growth of several strains of mutans streptococci.

What fruits and vegetables do the ingredients in Swerve come from?

The main ingredient used in Swerve utilizes glucose from Non-GMO corn for the fermentation process that ultimately yields the desired erythritol.  The oligosaccharides are sourced from the root of the chicory plant.

Some of my granular Swerve has gotten hard and chunky. What causes this and is there any way to prevent it? Also, what is a good way to get rid of the chunks?

Swerve can be sensitive to the heat and humidity.  We always recommend that it be stored in a cool, dry place like a refrigerator or freezer.  This helps to keep it free-flowing.

If you find that yours has started clumping, you can store it in the freezer and this can help to reverse the moisture effect.  If you are looking for a faster way to de-clump your Swerve, you can always put it in the food processor or in the microwave for 30 seconds (similar to clumpy brown sugar.)

Is Swerve new? How long has it been around?

Swerve isn’t actually new. We have been around since 2001.  It just took us a while to make our way across the U.S. from New Orleans, Louisiana

Is Swerve Kosher?

Yes, Swerve is certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union.

The package states zero calories, but if you use one cup, how many calories are in a cup of Swerve?

There are 51 total calories in a cup of Swerve. That means that an entire one pound bag of Swerve (2 ½ cups) would have just 127 calories, compared to 1933 calories in a pound of sugar. (Per FDA labeling requirements, Swerve can be considered zero calorie because it contains less than 5 calories per labeled serving.)