Sweetness vs Sugar
Let's face it, flavour does matter, but so does our blood sugar regulation, energy and metabolism.
From our morning coffee to our afternoon snack, or even a home made treat - the sweeteners we use can make a big difference to our health and goals, and the way we feel each day.
Below are my go to lists of the best sweetener options for Paleo, Low Carb and Keto.
The good news is that they are interchangeable, but if you are reducing your sugar intake for health or lifestyle reasons, I've always got a zero-sugar option that will work with any recipe.
Whether you are paleo, keto or just going low-carb, here are my top tips for making sweeteners work for you.
My go-to zero-sugar choice is always Lakanto, I've loved them for years because they give you that real sugar flavour without the energy crash, and it's 100% natural! What I love even more is they are now available at your local Woolworths. But check out my Cookbook and Lakanto Maple bundle for more low-carb inspiration.
The 3 sweetener categories
Here is where we aim to eliminate all of the blood-sugar spiking effects of all sweeteners and we strictly stick to the zero-sugar sweeteners. Natural Keto sweeteners include monk fruit, erythritol and stevia.
Those following a Keto Lifestyle or needing to regulate their blood sugars will be in this category.
Whilst Xylitol is also a sugar-free sweetener, I don't advise it if you have pets, or family with pets as it is unfortunately lethal for dogs. It can also cause bloating for us too.
2. Low Carb
To me, being Low carb is simply being more conscious of your sugar intake and limiting it but without being strictly Keto. In the Low Carb category we can enjoy the paleo sweeteners just in smaller amounts and less often, whilst also looking at the natural sugar-free sweetener options. These include monk fruit, erythritol and stevia.
In this category, the flexibility allows us to still enjoy some of our favourite flavours in moderation.
The best Paleo sweeteners include nutrient dense natural ingredients like maple syrup, raw honey and coconut sugar/nectar, or even rice malt syrup. These sweeteners are perfect for those who aren't too worried about their sugar or carb intake.
Whether you consider yourself Paleo, whole-food focussed or just aiming to eat healthier, these are the better sweeteners to choose due to their high mineral, vitamin and antioxidant content. Though I do advise enjoying them in moderation as they are still high in natural sugars, which will affect your energy and blood sugar regulation.