Sugar Showdown

Sugar Showdown

By | 2019-02-28T07:59:09-07:00 February 19th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Come by the store THIS Saturday March 2nd, 2019 starting at 11am to try several different sugar alternatives and find your new fave! 

Low carb Sweeteners & Sugar Alternatives

There are many reasons people are choosing to cut sugar from their diet. For some it is a medical related decision, and for some it is a choice based on lifestyle or food preference. Depending on your reasons, each alternative has it’s pro’s and cons.

This week we are focusing on alternatives for those who are following a Ketogenic, or other low carb diet.

This is by no means a complete list, but it gives you an idea of the dizzying amount of alternative sugar choices that are out there.

Natural Sugar Alternatives

  • Xylitol (Sugar Alcohol)- Good Alternative
  • Monk Fruit- Good alternative
  • Erythritol (Sugar Alcohol)- Good Alternative
  • Honey- Avoid
  • Agave- Avoid
  • Stevia (Truvia)- Good Alternative
  • Coconut Palm Sugar- debatable alternative
  • Date Paste- Avoid
  • Yacon Syrup- Avoid
  • Maple Syrup- Avoid
  • High fructose corn syrup- Avoid

Artificial Sugar Alternatives

  • Sucralose (Splenda)- Good Alternative
  • Aspartame (Equal, Nutrasweet)- Avoid
  • Saccharin (Sweet ‘n Low)- Avoid

Here are a few that you can try in-store on Saturday March 2nd, 2019 starting at 11am:

This Sweetener from Sweet Natural Trading Co. has the same sweetness level of sugar, but with 40% less calories. You can use it 1:1 to replace refined sugar in baking, cooking or coffee. It has 10 calories and zero grams of net carbs per 1tsp serving, and no weird aftertaste. While it’s name, Xylitol,  sound like a weird chemical, It is actually made from 100% hardwood birch tree. We carry it in portable single serving packets in a box of 100.

 

 

 

 

This line of sweeteners from Lakanto is made from monk fruit mixed with another naturally occurring sugar alcohol called Erythritol. This sweetener can be used in a 1:1 ratio in baking and cooking. It has zero net carbs, zero calories, and a zero glycemic index, and tastes just like sugar.  The other benefit to this line of products is that it also comes in both a white “sugar” and a “golden” sugar”.

 

This sweetener from Wholesome comes in 35 individual packet servings, and is one of the few organic Stevia sweeteners out there. 1 packet is equal to 2 tsp of sugar. Stevia is derived from an extract from plant of the same name and is about 200 times sweeter than sugar. This particular brand is a “blend” where the Stevia is blended with Erythritol.

 

 

 

 

Krisda is a Canadian brand that carries several different types of sweetener alternatives. The one we carry is another Stevia blend that comes as 50 individually packaged single serving packets.  It is blended with chicory root & erythritol. They claim it has zero aftertaste, and is safe for diabetic diets.

 

 

 

 

I will save the most controversial for the last! There are a lot of opinions as to whether or not Coconut Palm Sugar is appropriate for those on a ketogenic diet. It IS an unrefined natural sugar with a low-ish glycemic index (compared to refined sugar), but it has roughly the same carb count as refined white sugar.

While coconut sugar does not have fructose, it is largely comprised of sucrose, which is half fructose! At the end of the day, it is a better alternative than refined sugar, but not as good (for a ketogenic diet at least) as some of the alternatives listed above. It may be a good choice if you are allergic to any, or all of the above.

One small note here is that Coconut Palm sugar is super delicious, and not that easy to find. It is used in a fair amount of South Asian recipes, and offers a flavour profile that others definitely do not.

***Please Note: This is not medical information or advice. We do not condone, recommend or advise using any of these products. Please seek the advice of a doctor or nutritionist before using any of these to make sure they are right for you.