We have discovered that a great many people, in trying to lose weight, have begun to use this by the spoon or cupful because it can replace sugar and has almost NO CALORIES OR CARBS! The question then becomes– is there a downside? For many the answer is NO, but for many others the answer is YES.
When I told someone this is a chemical so not something I wanted to eat, the person rolled their eyes as they informed me it comes from some plants and is very natural. Well folks, sugar also comes from a plant and is very natural, so what’s the scoop here?
Sugar is produced from sugar cane and erythritol occurs naturally in pears, watermelon and grapes. These foods are given to us from Mother Nature and are just fine for us to consume in their natural state. The problem occurs when they are processed, removing natural nutrients and turning them into something that is unnatural and actually toxic to some people. The healthy food industry considers these altered foods to be chemicals- therefore I avoid them, but as with everything else it is always your choice. We decided to ask some Doctors we trust on this subject.
Dr. Axe has an excellent article that I do recommend… https://draxe.com/erythritol/
In it he states that it naturally occurs in some fruits and fermented foods, but the variety being added to food and beverages today is typically man-made from GMO cornstarch, resulting in an ultra-processed food — very far from a natural sweetening agent. It’s one of those “invisible GMO ingredients.”
Next we went to Dr. Mercola, to see what he had to say and found this in his article… Due to the potential dangers of using sugar alcohols, as well as artificial sweeteners, it is strongly recommend that you avoid both products and use natural, healthy substitutes instead.
We love both of these Doctors and have, over the years, benefited from their counsel.
We have also been impressed by Janet Renee, a clinical dietitian with a special interest in weight management, sports dietetics, medical nutrition therapy and diet trends. You may find the following article to be of interest. The Benefits and Risks of Erythritol as a Sweetener
SO WHAT ABOUT MONK FRUIT?
Monk fruit extract, also known as luo han guo, is native to the forests of southern China. The fruit itself looks like a melon but is actually a gourd. Monk fruit grows on vines and is about the size of a lemon. Hundreds of years ago, Buddhist monks cultivated monk fruit for medicinal purposes. Since monk fruit sweetener has ZERO CALORIES OR CARBS, it will not raise blood sugar levels. The GOOD NEWS here is it is treated much like the stevia plant and appears to not have been turned into a chemical. Monk fruit sweetener is created by removing the seeds and skin of the fruit, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice. The fruit extract, or juice, is around 150-200 times sweeter than sugar and contains zero calories per serving – meaning a very small amount provides a lot of sweetness. I see that it can be purchased and used just as you would any granulated or powered sugar. CHEERS!
The bottom line… it may be a good idea to avoid Erythritol and follow our EAT HEALTHY! page.
TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!
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