You probably know a little bit about the glycemic index (GI) if you’re on a keto diet or if you’ve been researching keto desserts, Paleo desserts, sugar free desserts, sugar free ice cream and low carb ice cream.
The Glycemic index is a scale that tells you how much blood sugar rise you get from a food. It goes from 0 all the way up to 100. The higher up on the scale you get, the more that food is going to cause an insulin reaction and low blood sugar a few hours later.
A rating of 70 and higher on the glycemic index scale is a high glycemic index food. These are usually sugar-laden foods or GMO grain products. Some people are amazed to find out that even whole grains that are not GMO grains can contain far too many grams of carbohydrates in a serving and also be a high glycemic index food.
A food greater than 30 and up to 69 on the glycemic index scale is a moderately high GI food. Foods in this category are not allowed on a ketogenic diet or a Paleo diet.
A food rated lower than 30 on the Glycemic Index scale is one that may be allowed in very small portions on a ketogenic diet.
The only foods that are even rated on the Glycemic Index are carbohydrate foods. Fat foods and protein foods are not rated because they don’t cause a rise in blood sugar levels. However, if a food contains some fat and some carbohydrates, it will have an associated glycemic index rating. The same thing is true for a food that is part protein and part carbohydrates.
If you’re on a keto diet or Paleo diet, you shouldn’t be getting a sugar rise from your foods. That’s because your carbohydrate intake is very, very low.
By removing dairy products, many or most fruits, grains, and sugars of all sorts from your diet, you have only fats and proteins that are left. These make up the major portion of your diet. The non-starchy vegetables are very low in carbohydrates and never cause a significant rise in blood sugar levels.
The key to eating keto desserts and Paleo desserts is to make sure they don’t contain sugars. The sugars will throw off your diet. However, sugar free desserts that are also keto desserts won’t throw off your diet. These desserts, which may include low carb ice cream (usually a sugar free ice cream), would have a glycemic index rating of 0.
On the glycemic index scale, xylitol has a rating of 13. Erythritol is 0. Stevia is 0. And monk fruit is 0 if it has no other added sweeteners. This means you can essentially use any of these sweeteners if you are diabetic and making keto desserts or low carb ice cream recipes.
Now you understand the basics of what the sweetener substitutes are. It’s time to successfully go on to make wise decisions in your low carb sugar free ice cream recipes and all other keto desserts or Paleo desserts for special occasions or even everyday sweet tooth delights.