Currently, my favorite sugar replacement is a sugar alcohol called erythritol.
Erythritol is a natural zero calorie sweetener that does not spike those insulin levels.
Unlike with artificial sweeteners like aspartame, erythritol does not cause brain damage or obesity, and it does not have any other toxic effects on the body.
Unlike other natural healthy zero or low calorie sweeteners like stevia, erythritol doesn’t have a distinct overpowering taste. It tastes just like sugar.
Erythritol may look and taste just like sugar, but it doesn’t cause tooth decay, and it doesn’t have any of the other toxic effects that sugar has on your body.
In fact, as well as sweetening your food, erythritol comes with several health BENEFITS.
Erythritol is an antioxidant, it improves dental health, and as well as not causing an insulin spike, studies on mice suggest that it might even help reduce blood glucose after a meal, by blocking an enzyme in the gut that breaks starches down into glucose.
Studies show erythritol also has other anti-diabetic effects (meaning it is likely to help with body fat reduction for those who are not diabetic), and even increases glucose uptake by your muscles! (which means it likely helps with muscle growth).
Despite all of its benefits however, I would suggest taking erythritol only as a sugar substitute. I don’t advise chugging it down your throat to enjoy all its benefits.
For one, too much erythritol can upset your stomach. Also, although extensive studies have been done to confirm erythritol as being safe to consume in large doses, it still doesn’t have a long enough track-record for me to be confident chugging it down in large doses for long periods of time.
When buying erythritol, make sure it’s either organic or non-GMO, since erythritol is commonly made from genetically modified cornstarch.
Here’s a good non-GMO brand I recommend: