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?
Can I get a sample of Swerve?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
No, Swerve does not contain GMOs. The ingredients in Swerve are sourced from Non-GMO vegetables and fruits.
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.
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!
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.
Absolutely! We offer a sample kit for just $1. Along with a few packets of Swerve, we’ll send you a $2 coupon towards your next purchase. So in essence, you spend $1 and we give you $2 back! Get your sample now!