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thumbup.gif posted on 12-7-2004 at 12:24
Erythritol synth. via bacterias?

I have read that erythritol, a low cal. sugar substitute, is synthetized via fermentation of ...[I don't know]... with the action of bacterias or fungus.
I have to receive confirm about this process and how it work, what bacterias used, where to get they, and if the bacterias (I hope) are not dangerous.

Thanx for help. :)
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[*] posted on 12-7-2004 at 14:09

A quick google turned this up.
"There are two methods of preparing erythritol. One is through chemical synthesis and another is through fermentation. The chemical method is expensive, the yield is low and other side products are produced. A commercial fermentation process employing a fungus, Moniliella pollinis, was developed capable of producing highly purified erythritol. This process drastically reduces the manufacturing cost of erythritol and makes it commercially available for the first time."

Here is the site it is origionally from.

Also, more info on erythritol. ;)

[Edited on 12-7-2004 by rogue chemist]
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[*] posted on 21-7-2004 at 15:07

moniliella is not a fungus but a yeast, however even Trichosporonoides megachiliensis should be able to produce erythritol..
if only was available OTC in europe could be easy to buy as a sugar subs..

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