Stevia just wasn’t cutting it for me.
I know it’s a healthier alternative to sugar (it’s plant-based, natural when you get organic brand, and doesn’t high-jack your blood sugar, yay!). But there’s a weird aftertaste thing going on with it when I use it to bake and it’s driving me crazy. Several of my clients and friends have complained about it too. Even though real sugar is a WAY BETTER choice compared to all those toxic artificial sweeteners (splenda, aspartame, sucralose, etc.) it’s still not the ideal healthy choice. After all, too much sugar makes you sick, fat, and miserable.
So what’s a better alternative—a “healthier trade off”—that you can have without feeling the negative effects of sugar and gaining weight?
I would like to introduce you to my new SBFF (sweetener best friend forever): Monk Fruit!! This works in ALL of my baking and cooking…it really was the missing link to my healthy “trade offs.” Monk Fruit tastes so much more like real sugar BUT like Stevia, it’s natural, plant-based, and zero blood sugar spike! Score!
Why am I so darn worried about blood sugar? Too much insulin production makes you feel crappy and causes your body to store fat. So think too much processed sugar = Body is a Fat Storing Machine.
Which is the exact opposite of what you want if you’re wanting to feel amazing and love the way you look!
That’s where Monk Fruit has been a lifesaver for me. Because sometimes I want—no need!—something sweet and fruit just isn’t gonna cut it. The brand I love—Lankanto—is organic and it only has two ingredients: Monk Fruit & Erythritol.
I learned about the Lankanto brand over at Body Ecology. Donna Gates shared an outstanding and very informative lecture at IIN (my nutrition school) and since gut health is a topic I’m extremely passionate about, I immediately got her book and incorporated some of her teachings into my Purify Your Gut In 10 Days program and 30-Day Challenge. My programs are also influenced by Dr. Mark Hyman and Precision Nutrition (where I’m currently studying the level 1 coaching certification.)
Here’s a little info about erythritol from her site:
“Fermented – it is made by fermenting the natural sugar found in corn. … Non-caloric – While most sugar alcohols are low calorie, erythritol has zero calories. Non-glycemic – Does not raise blood sugar – erythritol is considered suitable for people with diabetes because it does not raise plasma glucose or insulin levels.”
Are you seeing why Monk Fruit is my SBFF? I can satisfy my cravings and still feel good in my body! With the Lankanto brand, you can get the classic, which is the perfect white sugar substitute. Or there’s GOLDEN—the golden child of all sweeteners! Swap out honey, syrup, brown sugar, and even coconut palm sugar for golden monk fruit. Trust me, it is SO good…and didn’t I already say, “no blood sugar spike?”
Lankanto also offers powdered sugar, syrup, and drinking chocolate. I’ve used the syrup and it works ok…however, I don’t mind using good quality maple syrup too.
Another brand I’ll use sometimes (that’s a little less $ and 100% erythritol) is Swerve. They offer granular and powder varieties. Though Lankanto and Swerve have 0 sugar, they do have a few carbs per serving. But don’t worry if you’re on a low carb diet since the body doesn’t metabolize these carbs.
Here’s the links where I get my Lankanto. I’m affiliated with Amazon so if you buy I will get a teeny tiny kickback. TIA if you do!
So try it out and let me know whatcha think. Maybe you’ll be the next Stevia converted to Monk Fruit consumer? If so, then, I totally TOLD YOU SO! 🙂 Not only can you sub it with all your baking and cooking, but you can also sweeten coffee, tea, and any other beverage with it too.
Love yourself and stay healthy out there.
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