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Most of us can agree that sugar isn’t good for you, and artificial sweeteners aren’t any better. So where does that leave you when you’re in the mood for something sweet?
Stevia is a great sweetener for hot and cold drinks, and even better, it’s convenient. Pack Stevia in your purse or lunch bag for a zero-calorie sweet treat wherever you go.
First, the bad news (and we’ll save the good news for later). Refined sugar may taste delicious, but many call it poison because it can lower immunity, deplete the body of minerals, feed pathogenic Candida yeast, and even contribute to chronic disease. University of Texas researchers most recently linked a high-sugar Western diet with increased breast cancer risk and metastasis to the lungs.1
Artificial sweeteners seem like a good substitute for the danger that is sugar, but they don’t fare much better for us. Duke University researchers found that the artificial sweetener sucralose, or Splenda, can kill beneficial bacteria in the gut, potentially contributing to weight gain.2 Even the so-called “natural” sweeteners like honey, agave, and molasses can still feed Candida to lower immunity and cause even more sugar cravings.
If you have started eating for your health — to feel better, live longer, and reduce the risk of chronic disease — you may feel like you have to give up your favorite sweet stuff for good. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be the case! The Body Ecology Diet was created as a delicious way to experience your best health. It honors all the tastes in life, including the sweet taste that we have naturally craved since we first drank our mother’s milk.
If you think it’s impossible to enjoy sweet-tasting foods because you are following the Body Ecology system for health and healing (or any other sugar-free diet), then you need to know about Stevia and Lakanto.
Stevia and Lakanto are all-natural sugar substitutes that can satisfy your natural craving for sweets. The defining difference between these natural sweeteners and regular sugar or artificial sweetener is that they can give you that sweet taste without harming your health. Stevia and Lakanto don’t feed harmful pathogens (like bad bacteria or Candida) in your body, raise blood sugar, or kill good gut bacteria.
Imagine being able to enjoy delicious, sweet-tasting foods without the calories of sugar or the health risks of artificial sweeteners. Now, with Stevia and Lakanto, you can.
Both Stevia and Lakanto actually benefit your health. The latest research suggests that Stevia may regulate the pancreas and help to stabilize blood sugar levels, making it safe to use for those with hypoglycemia, diabetes, and candidiasis.3 Similarly, Lakanto is a natural sweetener that does not influence blood sugar or insulin release in the body.4
With two amazing, all-natural, calorie-free sugar substitutes, you may be wondering which one is better. The answer is…. it depends.
In general, both Stevia and Lakanto are excellent sweeteners for just about any foods you want to sweeten up. However, they have their strengths and weaknesses that often have more to do with your tastes than anything else. Most long-time Body Ecology followers use both Stevia and Lakanto, so we’ve heard a lot of feedback about which is best for what types of foods and drinks.
So here are some guidelines to help you decide between Stevia and Lakanto.
Stevia is best for:
Lakanto is best for:
Remember, each person’s taste buds are different. Experiment with your favorite recipes to find the combination that works for you. Whether you use Stevia or Lakanto, it’s great to have the option to choose beneficial, all-natural sweeteners that don’t harm your health. Now, in moderation, you can have your cake — and eat it safely too!
If you can’t have sugar, and you can’t have artificial sweeteners, then what can you have? While refined sugar in the Western diet has been linked to chronic disease, and artificial sweeteners can kill good bacteria in the gut to cause possible weight gain, some natural sweeteners are without these harmful side effects.
Body Ecology considers Stevia and Lakanto to be the best natural sweeteners to give you a sweet taste without sabotaging your diet or your health:
Your preference for Stevia or Lakanto may come down to a matter of personal taste, but at the very least, you can rest assured that you are using an all-natural sweetener that won’t compromise your health. It’s comforting to know that even when eating for your health, you don’t have to give up the sweet taste that we all intuitively crave from birth.
Lakanto is the only zero calorie, zero glycemic sweetener that is just like sugar. Lakanto Golden’s mouthwatering aroma and delicious flavor tastes like brown sugar. While Lakanto Classic’s clean and crisp sweetness tastes like plain white sugar.
Lakanto looks like, tastes like and works just like sugar. Unlike most fruits, whose sweetness comes from fructose, Monk Fruit’s sweetness comes from natural mogrosides that are 300 times sweeter than sugar.
Plus, Monk Fruit extract does not elevate blood sugar or insulin, making it a perfect sweetener for maintaining health blood sugar levels and weight management.
Now available in two flavors: Golden or Classic.
Golden has a flavor similar to brown sugar or molasses.
Classic has a flavor more similar to table sugar.
Kefir has many benefits, including better digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It has been known for thousands of years for its anti-aging and immune-enhancing properties.
Kefir is an ancient cultured food, rich in amino acids, enzymes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins. Kefir means "feel good" in Turkish, and that's just how you'll feel after drinking a glass in the morning! Easy and fun to make at home, it is superior to commercial yogurt. An absolute must after antibiotic use!
Unlike yogurt, kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract and is simple and fun to make at home. To make kefir: Mix one packet with 1 quart of warm milk, cover and set at room temperature for 18-24 hours. Refrigerate and enjoy!
Each packet yields 1 quart of kefir, and can be reused up to 7 times. This means you can create 10 ½ gallons of kefir from one box!
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