LOW GLYCEMIC INDEX- NATURAL SWEETENER OPTIONS

We lightly featured some natural sugar replacements yesterday and got questions on the differences between stevia and Truvia and xylitol and erythritol

☘️Stevia is a leaf that has been used by the Japanese for thousands of years to sweeten. It looks like what it is — a plant, a herb. It’s green, and can be purchased in a dried, powdered form.

☘️Stevia is 250-300 times sweeter than sugar so much so that if you use too much; you get a bitter taste: a pinch is literally all you need

Truvia is made from Stevia leaf but it is processed and de-bitterred without any bitter after taste.

Xylitol is a natural substance found in fruits and vegetables. It has an equal sweetness, taste, and volume to sugar, it can be used in many of the same ways. It also has 40 percent fewer calories than sugar.⚠️ Take note that xylitol is toxic to dogs so be careful not to share any xylitol-containing food with your pets.

Erythritol is also a sweetener that occurs naturally in many fruits. It’s also found in mushrooms and foods derived from fermentation, like wine, cheese, and soy sauce.

What sets erythritol apart is that it has ZERO calories so it’s a preferred sugar substitute for weight watchers, it also doesn’t raise blood sugar at all, and so recommended for people with diabetes.

Our Opinion
☘️ None of these sugars is perfect, which is why we have options to fit almost everyone. Do your own research and monitor how your body reacts to these sugars.

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