Product review: Raw Earth sweetener

Raw Earth Sweetener Co. is a brand of non-caloric sweetener available in supermarkets. It’s advertised as a stevia and monk fruit natural sweetener that is “great for your taste buds and good for the soul”.

The product comes in single-serve sachets and 200g canisters. It can be used in beverages, for cooking and baking.

Ingredients

Raw Earth sweetener contains erythritol, steviol glycosides [0.2%] and natural flavour (monk fruit extract or luo han guo 0.2%).

  • Erythritol is a sugar alcohol made by fermenting glucose. It is 30% less sweet than table sugar but has 20 times fewer calories per gram (1).
  • Steviol glycosides are naturally occurring sweeteners extracted from the Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni herb, native to Central and South America (1). Stevia is 250 to 300 times sweeter than table sugar (2).
  • Monk fruit extract is derived from the fruit of Siraitia grosvenorii, native to Southern China. It is between 250 and 400 times sweeter than table sugar (2).

Nutrition information

Nutrient Per serve (2g) Per 100g
Energy (kJ) 1.99 99.6
Protein (g) 0 0
Fat, total (g) 0 0
Carbohydrate (g) 0 0
Erythritol (g) 1.99 99.6
Sodium (g) 0 0

Taste test

I tried the sweetener in beverages and desserts. I didn’t mind the taste but I have been consuming products with stevia and sugar alcohols for a few years, so my palate might be used to the taste.

I have used it in beverages and desserts with good results in both cases.

Raw Earth sweetener

Pros

  • Very low energy, which is good for people who need to cut down their intake.
  • Low to no impact on blood sugar, making it suitable for people with diabetes or insulin resistance.
  • The sachets are practical for portion control.
  • No unpleasant aftertaste.

Cons

  • Can be expensive.
  • This is a highly processed product.
  • Does not address sweet food cravings.
  • May trigger over-consumption of other foods (what I call “the diet soft drink effect”).
  • Erythritol may have a laxative effect when consumed in large quantities. This is indicated on the label as per current food policy.

Raw Earth sweetener

Is Raw Earth sweetener a health food?

I don’t think you need to consume this product to be healthy. It might be useful for some people who need to lower the energy and/or sugar intake. Having said that, I wouldn’t advice consuming large amounts of alternative sweeteners every day.

More information

Check the manufacturer’s website for more information.

References

  1. Roberts MW, Wright JT. Nonnutritive, low caloric substitutes for food sugars: clinical implications for addressing the incidence of dental caries and overweight/obesity. International journal of dentistry. 2012;2012:625701-.
  2. Food Standards Australia & New Zealand. Sweeteners 2018 [Available from: http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumer/additives/Pages/Sweeteners.aspx.

2 thoughts on “Product review: Raw Earth sweetener

  1. Check the manufacturer’s website for more information.

    That should be:

    “Check the manufacturer’s website for next to no information.”

  2. regarding price and process
    All the ingredients are naturally derived.
    yes the sachets are more expensive… but you can also get it in a 200g tub of loose sugar. The small package price is a little annoying though.

    However, the price is still quite good if you consider the cost of the ingredients.

    $8 for a 200g tub of raw earth = $40/kg
    1kg of Erythritol is $27.95
    1kg of Stevia around $40.
    1kg of Monk fruit is around $600(!!)
    They probably only use a small amount of monk fruit… But that is definitely why the price is so high.

    even without monk fruit, the price is very reasonable. If we assumed it to be a mix of 50/50 stevia/erythritol that will be approx $38/kg for the ingredients. Add in the monk fruit and it’s even more.

    obviously they probably get discounts for buying their ingredients in bulk somewhere or maybe produce some themselves. but the price is not expensive. Especially when you consider the quality of the product. I’ve baked extensively with various sweeteners… many of them have an aftertaste, or a chemical flavor if you use too much.

    However this particular blend of sweetener seems to have no aftertaste. The ingredients cancel each other out which is excellent. And before you say “your palate”… I have had random friends and even strangers eating desserts made with this… and if I didn’t tell them, they said they would have had no idea.

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