Keto Baking & Cooking Using Low-Carb Sweeteners | Monk Fruit, Erythritol & Stevia

Ketogenic baking and cooking is a popular trend among those following a ketogenic diet, also known as "keto". This eating pattern involves consuming high-fat and low-carb and is designed to put the body in a state of ketosis, where it burns fat for energy instead of carbohydrates.

One of the main challenges of following a ketogenic diet is finding low-carb alternatives to traditional ingredients, especially when it comes to sweeteners. This is where monk fruit, erythritol, and stevia come in as the top natural options for keto baking and cooking.

Monk fruit, also known as luo han guo, is a small round fruit native to southern China and northern Thailand. It is 150-200 times sweeter than sugar, but it has zero carbohydrates and calories and does not raise blood sugar levels. This makes it an excellent sweetener for those on a ketogenic diet. It is also a great option for those who are sensitive to the aftertaste that some artificial sweeteners can leave, or those who prioritize pure, natural sweeteners over lab-made, artificial ones. 

Erythritol is a sugar alcohol that is 60-70% as sweet as sugar, but it has almost zero calories and does not affect blood sugar levels. While erythritol does contain some carbohydrates, they are in a form known as 'sugar alcohols', which do not get absorbed by the body. Erythritol is also a great option for those following a ketogenic diet, as it has a glycemic index of zero. It has a cool, refreshing taste and can be used in baking and cooking as a sugar replacement.

Stevia is a natural sweetener derived from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant. It is about 300 times sweeter than sugar, has zero calories, and does not affect blood sugar levels. Stevia is a great option for those following a ketogenic diet for people who prioritize pure, natural sweeteners over lab-made, artificial ones. 

When using these sweeteners in baking and cooking, it is important to note that they may not behave exactly the same as sugar in recipes. For example, erythritol doesn't caramelize like sugar does, and stevia may have a slight aftertaste. However, MonkVee Golden Monk Fruit with Erythritol and MonkVee Original Monk Fruit with Erythritol are as close to regular sugar as it gets. These two products are 1:1 sugar replacement that tastes like sugar without the calories and negative health impact of regular sugar.

That is why erythritol is added to MonkVee Golden Monk Fruit and Original Monk Fruit. It serves as a "concentration equalizer" of sorts - since pure monk fruit is significantly sweeter than sugar and doesn't convert easily in most recipes. For more information on this, read our blog post here

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