Erythritol: A New Ketogenic Sweetener?
The ketogenic diet is all about restricting carbohydrates and eating less calories than your body burns. If you’re not burning enough calories, then you need to eat some carbs to get back into ketosis. There are several different ways of doing this, but one way is with a low carb sweetener like stevia or erythritol. Erythritol is a natural sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in fruits such as blueberries and strawberries. It’s been used in various foods since ancient times. Some examples include chewing gum, toothpaste, mouthwash, cough syrup and even chocolate candy!
It turns out that erythritol is very similar to glucose in its ability to raise blood sugar levels when consumed at high doses. When it comes to weight loss, there have been studies showing that consuming small amounts of erythritol can cause significant reductions in belly fat.
So why would anyone want to avoid eating carbs?
Well, if you’re trying to lose weight, then avoiding carbs might actually increase your chances of losing weight because you’ll be burning fewer calories overall. However, this doesn’t apply to everyone. There are actually a lot of people who do well on a high-protein, low-carb diet and still manage to lose weight!
Erythritol is also one of the safest low-calorie sweeteners you can use. Unlike some sweeteners like aspartame which have been linked to various health conditions and side effects, erythritol is one of the safest sweeteners you can consume. It has no known side effects and its chemical makeup is very similar to that of common sugar. In fact, it’s so safe you can even consume enormous amounts of erythritol with no ill effects!
1. Sugar Alcohols
Sugar alcohols are probably the most popular low-calorie sweetener in the world. They’re also often used in many diet foods as well. There are a few different kinds, but erythritol is definitely the best one you can get. Other sugar alcohols like maltitol and xylitol have a bit of a laxative effect if consumed in excess. erythritol on the other hand passes through your body without being broken down so it doesn’t have the same laxative side effect that other sugar alcohols do.
Erythritol also has a pretty nice sweetness to it. It’s about 70% as sweet as regular sugar, so you need less of it to achieve the same level of sweetness. It also doesn’t have that weird cooling effect that some of the other sugar alcohols have, such as xylitol and sorbitol. It also contains almost no calories! This makes it perfect for diabetics or anyone who’s trying to lose weight.
In fact, erythritol has such a good safety record that it’s actually been approved as a food additive in the US and in many other countries as well. It’s so safe that you can even consume large amounts of it per day with no side effects. This makes it perfect for low-calorie sweetener for people on a ketogenic diet!
Stevia is another natural sweetener that’s extremely popular these days. Unlike most sweeteners, stevia actually comes from a plant so it’s often considered a “natural” sweetener.
Stevia is extremely sweet. In fact, it’s about 300 times sweeter than sugar! However, the main problem with stevia is that it doesn’t taste very good by itself, at least in most cases. However, when combined with other sweeteners like erythritol or even pure sugar, it tastes just as good as sugar.
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