The Swerve Scoop
We love talking about Swerve, and we’ve fielded lots of questions over the years about our ingredients, how healthy Swerve is, how it’s made and more. You’ll find answers to several of the questions we receive on a regular basis here, but if you’re wondering about something else, just drop us a line.
What is Swerve Sweetener?
Swerve is a delicious natural sweetener that measures cup-for-cup just like sugar! Swerve is made from ingredients found in select fruits and starchy root vegetables, and contains no artificial ingredients, preservatives or flavors. It’s zero-calorie, non-glycemic and safe for those living with diabetes, since it has no effect on blood glucose or insulin levels.
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 can even brown and caramelize.
Does Swerve contain stevia or lo han guo (monk fruit)?
No. These high-intensity sweeteners aren’t ideal for baking and cooking. Swerve offers equal sweetness to sugar and is perfect for use in everyday recipes.
Where does Swerve get its ingredients?
While some other sweeteners use things like monk fruit sourced from China, each of Swerve’s natural ingredients is sourced from the United States and France.
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, since it’s non-caloric. Erythritol is absorbed in the small intestine and then eliminated by the body, so it’s never metabolized and can’t contribute calories. Erythritol is rapidly absorbed, with very little making its way to the large intestine. For this reason, it’s less likely—compared to other sugar alcohols like xylitol and maltitol—to cause gastrointestinal distress. (Not the nicest topic, we know, but we’re glad to be on the right side of it.)
Is Swerve known to cause allergic reactions?
Swerve is considered non-allergenic. This is a bit biological, stick with us: The predominate ingredient in Swerve, erythritol, is a simple sugar alcohol not known to undergo covalent binding to proteins. It’s not a reactive compound, and is not metabolized to reactive metabolites. So it’s unlikely that erythritol should cause allergic reactions when consumed with other foods. It also occurs naturally in some foods, which are not known to be common allergens.
Does Swerve contain GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)?
No, Swerve is certified Non-GMO.
Does Swerve contain MSG (monosodium glutamate)?
Swerve does not contain MSG or any other glutamate derivatives. The natural flavors in Swerve are derived from natural food sources. For those concerned about MSG being labeled as a “natural” flavor, rest assured that there’s no MSG in Swerve.
Is Swerve safe for people with diabetes?
In short, yes! For all the details, check out our Swerve + Diabetes page.
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. It’s important to note that xylitol, another polyol (sugar alcohol), can be toxic to dogs even in small amounts. Swerve does not contain any xylitol.
How many cups of Swerve are in a 12oz. and 48oz. bag?
A 12oz. bag contains approximately 1 1/2 cups of Swerve. A 48oz. bag contains approximately 6 cups of Swerve.
Are any harmful chemicals used in the process of making Swerve?
No, there are no chemicals used in the process of making Swerve and no chemicals in Swerve itself.
Is Swerve good for your teeth? Does Swerve stop tooth decay like xylitol does?
Swerve is made up predominately of erythritol. Recent studies have shown that erythritol is superior to xylitol in its ability to inhibit growth of several strains of mutans streptococci, which causes tooth decay.
What fruits and vegetables do the ingredients in Swerve come from?
The main ingredient used in Swerve utilizes glucose from Non-GMO corn, grown in Europe, for the fermentation process that ultimately yields erythritol. The oligosaccharides in Swerve are sourced from starchy root vegetables.
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 environmental heat and humidity. We always recommend that it be stored in a cool, dry place like a refrigerator or freezer. If you find that yours has started clumping, moving it to the freezer can reverse the moisture’s 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.
Is Swerve new? How long has it been around?
We’ve been around since 2001, it just took us a while to make our way across the U.S. from our home base of New Orleans, Louisiana.
I get a crunchy/gritty texture in my dessert made with Swerve. What happened?
Erythritol, the main ingredient in Swerve, can have the tendency to recrystallize back to its granulated texture when exposed to colder temperatures. If you want a smooth, creamy texture, Swerve, Confectioners style is the best option. We developed this video that helps to explain when to use Confectioners. You can also eat the dessert the same day it was made, before it has the chance to recrystallize.
Why do I sometimes experience a cooling effect with Swerve and how do I minimize it?
We recognize that every once in a while you may experience a “cooling effect” or feel like you “chewed a piece of refreshing, minty gum” when consuming Swerve. Here is the reason why: sugar alcohols, like erythritol, require more energy than other food and drinks to be dissolved in the mouth. They absorb the heat (your body temperature), or energy from their surrounding environment, and decrease the temperature of that environment (your mouth), hence the cooling effect. Here are some tips to minimize this cooling sensation:
- Use enough fat in the recipe. Combining Swerve with ingredients like butter, heavy cream, or oils creates a rich mouthfeel that reduces the cooling effect. A good ratio to start with is 1/2 cup Swerve to 1 cup butter.
- Bake or dissolve Swerve with other recipe ingredients.
- Use the smallest amount of Swerve possible to get to your desired level of sweetness.
- Avoid sprinkling Swerve on top of a baked good or rolling cookies in Swerve.
- Try Swerve in cold-temperature recipes, such as cheesecake, ice creams, or puddings.
The package states zero calories, but if you use one cup, how many calories are in a cup of Swerve?
There are 44 total calories in a cup of Swerve. That means that one pound of Swerve would have just 88 calories, compared to 1546 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.)