We grew up on it. Its in so many foods now-a-days. So why is it bad for you?
In a nutshell, your body just can't handle all the sugar. To keep it nice and simple, when you eat sugar it goes into your bloodstream. Your pancreas pumps out insulin to scoop up the sugar into our cells so that your body can use it for fuel.
Sounds like a good thing right... Well not really. Over time your cells stop responding to the insulin and you become insulin resistant. Your pancreas starts working overtime to create more insulin to make your cells scoop up that sugar and use it for fuel. But it gets overworked and it becomes an endless cycle. If you have too much sugar in your bloodstream, it can severly damage your body. Yor body is pumping out lots of insulin, too, telling the liver and muscles to store blood sugar. When they’re full, the liver sends the excess blood sugar to fat cells to be stored as body fat. Yep, weight gain. And what’s more serious, the stage is set for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
So what can you do about it? Well stop eating sugar. Seems simple right... Ditch the sugar. So a little research and find all the sugar and sugar substitues that are damaging to your body.. You can start here...
Keto friendly sugar substitues
So you've started keto and want a little something to make life a little sweeter. Well let me assure you, your treats (yes treats, occasionally consumed treats) can still be on the table.
Here are a list of keto friendly sugar substitues:
- Stevia - this is a natural sweetener from the plant Stevia rebaudiana. It has little to no carbs and has been shown to have no effect on blood sugar levels. It is a very strong tasting sweetener, so less is more.
- Erythritol - this is a type of sugar alcohol that stimulates the sweet taste of sugar. It is widely used in keto recipes and is a very versatile product.
- Xylitol - another type of sugar alcohol. Generally used in sugar free gum, mints, jams and ice creams. Xylitol has no effect on blood sugar or insulin levels. Just keep in mind that our fur babies cannot have xylitol!!!
- Monk Fruit Sweetener - this amazing product is from a plant called monk fruit / "Budda fruit". It contains no carbs! It is super concentrated so you don't need much. It also contains mogrosides, which studies show that the mogrosides have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Transitioning to the ketogenic lifestyle can be easy. Knowlege is power and small changes create a huge ripple effect on leading a healthier lifestyle.