In Part 1, you learned that it’s possible to use erythritol and stevia as non-nutritive sweeteners for your sugar free desserts including sugar free ice cream. Of course, these two sugar substitutes are suitable for any keto/Paleo diet and thus even more suitable for Paleo desserts and keto desserts, which are pretty similar. Now you’ll get the scoop on monk fruit sweetener and xylitol.
Monk fruit sweetener
Monk fruit is also called luo han guo. It’s known in Thailand and China as one of the fruits that bring on the fountain of youth.
Monk fruit sweetener is similar to stevia in that it’s about 300 times sweeter than sugar so your sweet tooth will be seriously satisfied after some low carb desserts that use it for its sweetening power.
The difference is that you won’t get any type of bitter aftertaste from monk fruit. (However, some stevia forms on the market have removed the bitter medicinal constituent . . .)
The monk fruit you buy should not contain added sugars of any kind. Remember that inulin is commonly added to commercial monk fruit products – and it does have a calorie count to it.
It’s especially important to check with the manufacturer about the ingredient list for monk fruit. They seem to sneak in sugar, molasses, or even Splenda to the ingredient list – and that’s of course a no-no for you and your keto desserts.
Xylitol for Keto Desserts
You have probably heard about xylitol by now. It’s another sugar alcohol on the market that is sweet and yet it offers some other benefits to health. For example, xylitol prevents your teeth from being attacked by bacteria that cause cavities. It’s also great for those who want their bone density to stay healthy.
There is something you should know about sugar alcohols though. They can cause diarrhea in the body and upset the GI tract if you eat too much of them. Remember the caution on the erythritol? The same caution applies here.
Consume a max of 40 grams xylitol a day to start out with and see how your GI tract manages. If it’s okay, then you can test the waters with an increase of 10 grams. See how you do. If you’re okay with that amount, push the limit to 60 grams xylitol a day. Otherwise, don’t make your low carb ice cream or keto desserts and Paleo desserts with much xylitol; use other substitutes.
Here’s another caution with using xylitol: if you have a pooch that loves to eat everything you’re eating, you may want to bypass the use of xylitol whatsoever. Even though the sugar free desserts and low carb ice cream you make are great tasting, they can kill your dog. Xylitol and dogs just don’t mix and never will. Xylitol is only a bit sweeter than sugar so don’t expect waves of euphoria from sweetness satisfaction with keto desserts that you make with it.