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Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Sweeteners : A Helpful Low Carb / Keto Guide

Guide to low carb sweeteners:
"It can be incredibly confusing when you are just starting to live sugar free. Part of the ethos of living sugar free and low carb is to give up the sweet treats on a regular basis and to reset our taste buds. But being able to make a sweet treat occasionally is a deal breaker for many of you contemplating even starting. If you do want a cake, a dessert or a sweet treat, it is better to have a few good sugar free recipes on hand than to reach for a high carb snack.

With so many sweeteners now on the market, which one do you choose? 
Of course there are also other questions … for instance

How much sweetener to use?
Which sweeteners taste best?
Why is it hard to give up sugar?
Which are the best sweeteners to buy?
Is sugar better because it’s natural?
Sweeteners to enjoy;
Sweeteners to avoid; 

The myths behind "natural sugars" ! 

If you'd like to find out the answers, and learn a little more about what to look for when you buy them - (because not all low carb sweeteners are created equally)" - please read here 

Do you use a low-carb sweetener? 
You may have a favourite!
Perhaps you prefer one to use in drinks, but another for baking! 

We bring a variety of articles (and recipe ideas) to this blog, but not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


Valerie-Jael said...

I don't use any artificial sweeteners and find it better to just avoid added sugar as much as possible. Valerie

Tom said...

...I use Xylitol.

Natalia said...

I try to eat sugar only in homemade treats,nothing else☺

Elephant's Child said...

A work in progress here. I managed to give up adding salt (decades ago) but am less sucessful with sugar.

DUTA said...

Yes I do use sweeteners. I've tried several types (stevia, sucralose etc..). No problems. Now I'm using Splenda, as my near by supermarket imports it and sells it fairly cheap.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

I'm currently looking for a low carb artificial sweetener. Unfortunately I realize that Splenda is not and is what I've been using. Thank you for this information, Jan.

kathyinozarks said...

My husband is a diabetic so I have worked with splenda which works out well in baking other things, but I also try different things-xyltiol, stevia, suarve and more but I do love good honey and molasses, maple syrup etc in very small quantities.

Magic Love Crow said...

For me personally, I would rather use the real stuff or none at all! But great guide! Thank you! Big Hugs!

William Kendall said...

I still prefer the real stuff.

happyone said...

I use real sugar, but I do drink diet coke. Not a lot but I do drink it.

DMS said...

I try to stay away from sweeteners and sugar- but I certainly have some sometimes. :)

Chris Lally said...

We use Xylitol, but in moderation. Trying to tame the beast:)
Great post, Jan!

Christine said...

We use diet sodas with aspartame and sometimes sucralose and stevia.

Lorrie said...

I stay away from sugar most days, but once a week I allow myself a treat, homebaked, with sugar or honey. I dislike the idea of artificial stuff.

Ygraine said...

I use cologran, but only in my coffee.
In most sweet recipes I use sugar, only half the recommended amount.
I do try to curb my sweet tooth! 😉

Have a super day! xxx

CJ Kennedy said...

I like to use Stevia in my tea as the Stevia is a natural sweetener. It can also be use in baking. The problem was not having brown sugar or confectioner's sugar to make frostings or icings for cakes. I found a brand called Swerve which makes granulated sugar, brown sugar, and the confectioner's sugar. Swerve is Erythritol which is a natural alcohol sugar. Like Stevia it has no calories. Now we can have our low-carb cake with the trimmings. Sadly, the Swerve is on the pricey side.

Sue said...

Thanks so much for this, Neil does use an artificial sweetener, he has done since way before he was diagnosed. Have a great week, Sue xx

Lady Fi said...

Never heard of a chaffie, but it sounds and looks nice!

carol l mckenna said...

Don't use sweetners ~ but good post ^_^

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Snowbird said...

I've never liked sugar and always use

Sami said...

Don't use sweetener or sugar in my tea, but use Monk fruit or Stevia for baking and sometimes honey in my yogurt.

Lorac said...

I use Swerve, a sugar alcohol. I made mull berry jam with it this year and cannot taste the difference!