Body Ecology Healthy Sugar Substitutes

We know that sugar is bad for us. It puts us at higher risk for diabetes, causes weight gain, can cause fatigue or “brain fog,” and feeds candida. Sugar is also empty calories, putting a physiological strain on our bodies with no nutritional benefit.


However, despite all the research and rhetoric on the negative impact of sugar, our dependence and emotional connection to its sweet taste make it difficult to give up long-term.


At Body Ecology, Donna Gates has long researched natural sugar substitutes sweeteners that could satisfy our body’s cravings for sugar without the health risks commonly associated with by sugar.


It’s important to have some go-to replacements on hand when a craving strikes and of course, equally important to remember that sour-tasting cultured veggies help stop sugar cravings and in the event you do have one, eat some delicious cultured veggies or sip on one of our probiotic drinks afterwards to help minimize some of the damaging effects of sugar.


Body Ecology is a sugar-free diet, so we encourage you to be mindful of where sugar hides and to get in the habit of reading labels. Marketing, labeling, and hidden sources of sugar can make a sugar-free diet seem almost impossible. But all health-conscious consumers should be aware!


According to a United States judge in New York, even “reasonable consumers may not read the nutritional label” before buying a new product. (1)


As a lawsuit against Coca-Cola’s Vitaminwater proves, if you don’t read the labels—or if you don’t know how to decipher them—you run the risk of jeopardizing your health goals.


This is especially true when it comes to sugar.


For example, depending on the manufacturer, you will find that some forms of sugar are more processed and more refined than others. Then there is GMO sugar, which comes from genetically modified plants—usually beets.


Depending on where you are at in your journey towards better health, you might consume small amounts of organic, unrefined sugar. Or—if you are cleansing toxins and fighting Candida overgrowth—you may do your best to avoid sugar entirely.


We suggest that you steer clear of any added sweeteners—whether they are organic or GMO, refined or raw and choose Body Ecology’s recommended healthy sugar substitutes instead.

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    Lakanto Liquid Drops
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    Stevia Liquid Concentrate
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    Lakanto Sweetener (800g)
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About Body Ecology’s Healthy Sugar Substitutes

In our shop, you’ll find two healthy sugar substitutes. These sugar substitutes include Lakanto Sweetener and Stevia.

Lakanto® Sweetener

Lakanto sweetener is considered the healthiest sugar substitute available. Derived from Monk Fruit, Lakanto provides a just-like-sugar substitute without elevating blood sugar or insulin. Unlike stevia, Lakanto is great for baked goods.

Lakanto is a healthy sugar substitute because it is:

·         Zero Calorie

·         Zero Glycemic Index

·         Zero Impact on Blood Sugar or Insulin

·         Zero Bitter or Chemical Aftertaste

·         Zero GMO’s, Additives, or Artificial Flavors

Lakanto is available as a healthy sugar substitute from Body Ecology in three different forms:

Lakanto Golden, which has a warm, molasses-y flavor that tastes just like brown sugar.

Lakanto Classic, which has a crisp sweetness that tastes just like regular white sugar.

Lakanto Liquid Drops, which are perfect for sweetening teas or coffees, sparkling waters, desserts, kefir, and more.

Stevia

Stevia has a long history as an herbal sweetener, as well as an anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic agent. Stevia is often recommended to patients with diabetes, candida, or who need help balancing their pancreas. Stevia can also help regulate the digestive tract and increase energy.

One of the reasons we love stevia is because it provides a healthy alternative to sugar. It provides a sweet-tasting flavor that can be added to beverages, sauces, to sweeten plain yogurts, for use in kefir, to sweeten oatmeal, and more.

Some benefits of stevia as a healthy sugar substitute:

·         Zero-Calorie

·         Zero Carbohydrate

·         Zero Glycemic Index

At Body Ecology, we only use the highest level of stevia extract with 95% rebaudioside crystals. This takes the sweetest crystals while leaving behind the licorice-like flavor from the leaves that sometimes gives a bitter taste.

Why is Regular Sugar Bad for Us?

Many of us know that sugar is not good for us, but that’s because we usually associate the white, crystalline substance with a risk of diabetes and weight gain. However, problems associated with sugar can go far beyond that, including:

·         Robbing your body of minerals

·         Contributing to heart problems

·         Suppressing your immune system

·         Contributing to aging or osteoporosis

·         Causing cancer

·         And much, much more (for a more complete list of the dangers of sugar, click here)

Sugar also feeds candida, a single-celled fungus that feeds on sugars and causes symptoms such as bad breath, bloating and intestinal gas, fatigue, insomnia, diminished libido, muscle or joint pain, poor memory or feeling “spacey,” or frequent mood swings.