What 3 Sweeteners You Should Avoid for a Low-Carb Diet?

Written By Katherine O

The Ultimate Guide to Low-Carb Sweeteners

A discussion between Youtube and KetoConnect couple Megha and Matt

 

This week’s resource is a fun one. Ever wonder what effect different sweeteners have on your blood glucose (and ketones – if you’re regularly in a ketogenic state)?  The KetoConnect couple Mega and Matt test 9 different ones on themselves to see the impact on blood glucose and ketones. 

KetoConnect aims to provide informative videos centering around the Ketogenic Diet and in this one they test the following nine sweeteners on themselves charting the results: 

  • Erythritol
  • Stevia
  • Monk Fruit
  • Sucralose
  • Xylitol
  • Allulose
  • Maltitol
  • Aspartame
  • Sugar

 

As they mention, there results are not necessarily the same as what you would find if you ran this same experiment on yourself, so if you’re curious about how a specific sweetener impacts you. You can use the same protocol to try this experiment on yourself. 

Please note, this is looking just at the effect on blood glucose and blood ketones, not at digestive issues, headaches, or other important factors to consider when having a sweetener. Many in our community have mentioned that sweeteners (both artificial and natural) can mess them up. So go slowly and pay attention to the signals your body is sending you if you choose to incorporate any of these into your diet. 

Highlights from the video:  

  • Monk Fruit, Erythritol, Sucralose, and Allulose seemed to be the best options for artificial sweeteners based on their bodies reactions to the experiment 
  • There bodies reacted differently to each sweetener further adding weight to the argument that we are each an N=1 
  • Allulose and Erythritol both caused gastric distress  

 

  • Here are a few other fasting resources you may enjoy:
    • The Fasting CureSinclair, author and enthusiastic faster, shared his knowledge on the subject both in Cosmopolitan Magazine (very different than the modern Cosmo magazine) and in this book, The Fasting Cure
    • Why We Get Fat and What We Can Do About It – What’s making us fat? And how can we change? Building upon his critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, bestselling author Gary Taubes revisits these urgent questions.
    • Some of Dr. Jason Fung and Dr. Megan Ramos’ other books: The Obesity Code, The Diabetes Code, and The Cancer Code

Do you have content that fits with this blog and would like to share it?

All Topics

fasting flamingo

Read more content like this

Fasting Safely – Here’s what to know

Fasting Safely – Here’s what to know

In this article, Dr. Jason Fung discusses some of the most important things to keep in mind in order to fast in the safest way possible. He discusses some of the most common dangers associated with improper fasting and gives advice on how to prevent these. Most importantly, he discusses the importance of fasting with knowledge and experience and the power of easing into fasting. If you ever feel concerned about your own fasting practices, remember we’re here to help and provide you with advice and resources to make sure you have a positive experience with fasting!

read more
Eat, Fast, Feast

Eat, Fast, Feast

Eat, Fast, Feast – Heal Your Body While Feeding Your Soul – A Christian Guide to Fasting :: Why did most Christians stop fasting? And, is this ancient practice something your should consider adopting to strengthen your connection to God?

read more
The Joy of Fasting – Rumi Poem

The Joy of Fasting – Rumi Poem

There’s hidden sweetness in the stomach’s emptiness.
We are lutes, no more, no less.
If the soundbox
is stuffed full of anything, no music.
If the brain and belly are burning clean
with fasting, every moment a new song comes out of the fire.
The fog clears, and new energy makes you
 run up the steps in front of you.

read more

Share this post with a friend

fasting flamingo

Leave a message

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.