According to the CDC, over 34 million Americans are living with diabetes and another 88 million have pre-diabetes.
In addition, it is estimated that almost 50% of Americans have tried to lose weight at some point in the last 12 months.
With so many people looking to reduce sugar in their diets, it is no surprise that the use of low- or no-calorie sweeteners are on the rise.
And the problem for us Keto folks is that not all sugar alcohols are equal. Some of them can cause digestive issues, some are toxic in high amounts, and a few may even kick you out of ketosis.
Plus, some actually do contain some carbohydrates, according to Dr Steven C Simper, MD. You can also still gain weight when eating foods that contain sugar alcohol, especially if you eat them in excess, according to Registered Nurses Sue Cotey, RN and Andrea Harris, RN.
Although many sugar-free foods that contain sugar alcohols claim to be healthy, they aren’t always the better choice.
If you’re going to use a sweetener to help you manage your sugar cravings, or if you just want your keto desserts to taste right, it is best to use stevia.
Why? Because stevia contains zero carbs and zero calories, so you won’t have to worry about counting it as part of your daily carbohydrate allowance.
Plus, you won’t experience any bloating or other digestive distress (as you might with sugar alcohols)!