Skinny on Sweeteners in 13 Minutes
I am frequently asked about the sweeteners that can be used with a low carbohydrate diet. There are a number of sweeteners available that are used in “LowCarb” pre-processed foods like shakes or bars, or in cooking as alternatives to sugar. However, most of them raise insulin levels without raising blood sugar and are not appropriate for use with a true low-carbohydrate/ketogenic diet. You can see and print the article I published clarifying which sweeteners you can use and which ones to avoid here:
Of recent note, I’ve been asked about the insulin response that occurs in the study found here quoted by Dr. Jason Fung in his wonderful book, The Obesity Code.
First, it is essential to note that both the crystalline form of Stevia and the aspartame used in the form of Equal, also a crystal, contain either dextrose or malto-dextrin as the crystallizing agent. Both dextrose and malto-dextrin have a known insulin spike equal to table sugar. You can see that in my article link above. Watch the video and we’ll discuss which forms of Stevia and aspartame don’t raise insulin and haven’t been a problem with myself or my patients in the last 10 years.