What’s the hardest thing about keto? Everybody will say something different, but many people will probably agree that not consuming as much sugar is difficult. The problem with consuming sugar is that it throws your hormones out of whack and contributes to conditions like obesity, diabetes, weight gain, heart disease, liver damage, and inflammation. Finding sugar alternatives that are keto friendly is the best solution, but you need to know what you’re getting into before you start baking or cooking with these alternatives.
Whether you’re keto or simply looking for a sugar alternative for another reason, the information here should help you.
This alternative doesn’t impact blood sugar or insulin, and plaque can’t even use it the way that it would use sugar. This one isn’t quite as sweet, so you may need to use extra in your recipes. However, it dissolves in liquids and bakes very well.
One of the best solutions for those on the keto diet. Mitosweet is made with a combination of three sweeteners; ribose, erythritol and monk fruit. It is similar to the taste of plain table sugar that mimic the taste of plain table sugar without bringing you out of ketosis. It’s a great sweetener for your hot beverages, including butter coffee.
Monk Fruit Extract
This alternative is popular in places like China and Thailand - it’s considered medicine there. It’s around 300 times sweeter than regular sugar, and actually has some impressive antioxidant properties. Monk Fruit is used in our Hazelnut and Mocha flavored butter packs.
Stevia is an extract of the Stevia rebaudiana leaf native to Brazil and Paraguay. Stevia is also 300 times sweeter than regular sugar, and won’t impact blood glucose or insulin. Some say that it has a bitter aftertaste, and isn’t as similar to sugar as some on the list, but is still a good alternative.
Although Xylitol is a good option as it doesn’t affect blood sugar or spike insulin, it’s important to be aware that eating more than 50g in one sitting can cause bloating and other stomach problems. However, if you’re already suffering from a condition, perhaps Irritable Bowel Syndrome, even a small amount can cause problems. That being said, it can still be a great sweetener for most. Just make sure you get xylitol that is derived from hardwood, not GMO corn. It’s worth noting that dogs can’t digest Xylitol, so make sure you don’t let them eat anything you cook with this.
Raw Honey: A Sugar Alternative To Avoid?
Many articles talk about raw honey and how it can be a sugar alternative. However, The National Institutes of Health report you should never consume raw honey in order to prevent food poisoning, particularly if you are already immunocompromised.
These sugar alternatives will keep your body in ketosis so you remain a fat burning machine, no matter what keto-friendly or low carb treat you decide to make in the kitchen!
Which one is your favorite? Share with us in the comments!