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My Keto Sweet Tooth

By: Olivia Landes Truong

For most of my life, I have had a pretty big sweet tooth, and figuring out how I was going to fill my almost nightly craving for dessert, was one of my hesitations about making keto our new lifestyle. Through lots of trial and error with many sweeteners, I believe that this article will save you money, time and effort on the many insulin spiking, bad tasting, diet wrecking sweetener options out on the market. Everyone has different taste buds but the sweeteners I am recommending have been taste tested and approved by many of our family and friends, using many different recipes.

The first and favorite recommendation is Swerve, whose main ingredient is erythritol, a zero-calorie, non-glycemic sugar alcohol. Swerve, unlike stevia and other sweeteners, has no bitter aftertaste and measures in recipes just like sugar. It’s also the only sugar replacement of its kind that browns and caramelizes just like sugar. This fact, it’s average price point, and the ease of finding this option in most major grocery chains makes Swerve a winner in our book.

My second choice is Trim Healthy Mama Gentle Sweet™, a near perfect blend of Xylitol, Erythritol & Stevia. Each of these sweeteners on their own lack in different areas from taste to cooking performance but Trim Healthy Mama grinds each to a fine powder, making an easy dissolving mixture, and then perfected the blend of these three sweeteners to make a sugar substitute that had just about every one of our taste testers that this was a sugar free sub. The three issues that place this blend at number 2 on my list are the price point, it coming in at almost double the price of other options on the market, the fact that xylitol is a lethal substance to dogs (and we are a family of dog lovers), and the fact that this sweetener is not the easiest to find in store, usually requiring me to order online.

The third recommendation for keto sweetener is stevia, my preferred brand being Sweet Leaf, as it is one of the purer forms of stevia. Did you know that many popular brands have non keto additives like maltodextrin, which can quickly derail your keto progress? Also, a little known fact, according to author Bruce Fife, Truvia (a very popular stevia brand sweetener) barely has any stevia in it and is mostly erythritol. So do your homework before buying any sweeteners. Sweet Leaf stevia rates at the top of my list as our go-to for our morning coffee and occasional iced tea for it’s sweet flavor, ease of purchasing in most grocery stores, variety of forms (can be found in loose powder, individual packets and liquid and also a variety of flavors), and also pure quality of stevia. And the main reason it didn’t rate higher on the list is using it in larger quantities, such as for dessert recipes, it tends to carry a more bitter, licorice-like aftertaste.

So, all being said, I highly encourage you to experiment with different sweeteners to find the taste and quality that best suits you and your family. At the same time, please make sure and do your research since many manufacturers of sugar substitute sweeteners are always forthcoming in the ingredients used. Don’t just buy into the marketing. And lastly, although these are our favorite keto sweeteners, everyone’s body reacts differently. Some people do report that xylitol has a tendency to lower ketone levels, preventing ketosis, so make sure to test with your Keto Mojo as you taste.