Which sweeteners are good on a Low-Carb or Keto Diet? Dr. Eric Westman And Martina Slajerova speak about the best picks for weight loss and blood sugar control.
What Dr. Eric Westman Has To Say:
Dr. Eric Westman is the Director at Duke Keto Medicine Clinic, Founder at Adapt Your Life, and Associate Professor Of Medicine at Duke University.
Dr. Eric Westman is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University. He is Board Certified in Obesity Medicine and Internal Medicine and founded the Duke Keto Medicine Clinic with Dr. William S. Yancy Jr. in 2006 after 8 years of clinical research regarding low carbohydrate ketogenic diets.
Dr. Westman is a Past-President and Master Fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association and Fellow of The Obesity Society.
He is an editor of the textbook: Obesity: Evaluation & Treatment Essentials, and author of the New York Times Bestseller The New Atkins for a New You, Cholesterol Clarity, and Keto Clarity. Also, he is the co-founder of Adapt Your Life, an education and product company based on low carbohydrate concepts.
He is the course coordinator for MED415c, a Fourth-Year Medical Student Elective on the Medical Management of Obesity, and a faculty member of the Duke Clinical Research Training Program.
Dr. Eric\’s Take On Consuming Sweeteners
Well, anything to get someone away from sugar would be perfect, that\’s my general philosophy. If you are sensitive to one of them then, of course, you shouldn\’t have it. So I think any of the alternative sweeteners are okay to take. But if you don\’t want to over-consume that then in my experience, one or two servings of an artificial sweetener or Stevia which is not artificial, but any of these nonsugar ones would be great.
Dr. Eric mentions that any kind of alternative that can take you away from Sugar would be great to take. He alerts on a general idea that if one is sensitive to these sweeteners, one should then not consume them. Dr. adds that basically any alternative sweeteners would be fine to consume. He also mentions that nobody should still over-consume them, for which the limit should be set to One or Two servings. Dr. says that Stevia being a natural sweetener would be a perfect fit too.
Bad Taste Of Sweeteners
Not everyone likes the flavor of these sweeteners. So I think the best one for you is the one that you like the flavor of. When you will actually have something like that, it will keep you away from sugar.
Dr. Eric says that if someone doesn\’t like the flavor of sweeteners they can go for the one that fits their taste. He believes that if you incorporate something like that in your diet, it will most likely keep you away from Sugar.
Why Stay Beware Of Artificial Sweeteners
Any of the other artificial sweeteners, just be careful about them. Because they add up carbs too. We, we use the method called total carbs, not net carbs. We don\’t subtract out the fiber and sugar alcohols. So you don\’t want to over consume these other sweeteners, but I think any of them are okay, in smaller dice.
Dr. Eric simply states that you should be careful while using Artificial Sweeteners because they add up carbs. Dr. mentions that the method he uses is Total Carbs, not Net Carbs, so he doesn\’t subtract out the Fiber and Sugar Alcohols. He alerts that one should not over-consume these types of sweeteners and that any kind would be great provided it\’s being consumed in a smaller quantity.
What Martina Slajerova Has To Say:
Martina Slajerova is the creator of the KetoDietApp.com and International Best Selling Author of various Keto Diet Cookbooks. Martina holds a degree in Economics and has worked in auditing, but has always been passionate about nutrition and healthy living.
When she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. She had no energy and found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight. That’s when she decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods and started following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.
After having to witness the incredible benefits of low-carb eating firsthand, Martina and her partner created KetoDiet, a tracking, and planning application with hundreds of low-carb recipes, which is now one of the bestselling apps on the App Store and Google Play.
Then, in 2012, she launched the KetoDiet blog, which helps millions of people follow a whole-foods-based, low-carb, ketogenic lifestyle. Since 2016, she\’s authored 6 low-carb & keto books to help people follow a healthy diet and to show them that this way of eating doesn\’t have to be complicated or boring.
According to her, KetoDiet is not just about losing weight at any cost; it\’s about adopting a healthier lifestyle. Her mission is to help people reach their goals, whether it\’s someone\’s dream weight or simply eating healthy food.
How Stevia Is Your Best Low Carb Sweetener
The safest option, I think, is Stevia because that doesn\’t seem to have any or very little impact on craving. Some people still would prefer to avoid anything sweet because it just triggers cravings every time for them. But Stevia is probably the safest for most people.
Martina mentions that Stevia is probably the best possible Sweetener you can consume on a low carb diet. She thinks that Stevia has a little to almost no effect on cravings, so it becomes a good option. Martina adds that for the people who prefer to avoid anything sweet because it triggers cravings, they can choose to stay away from it.
Alternatives To Stevia That Can Be Consumed
And then you have Aristotle, then you have, uh, Alulose, which is a new sweetener and really tastes like sugar. And the impact on blood sugar and it doesn\’t phrase it at all, but it\’s quite expensive and it\’s not always easy to get.
Martina mentions that Aristotle and Alulose, both of which are brand new and popular Sweeteners can be taken if not Stevia. She adds that both of these exactly taste like Sugar and also because none of them impacts your Blood Sugar at all. Martina says that these are great but still expensive in comparison to Stevia and a bit hard to find.
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