Many people choose to avoid aspartame, sucralose and other artificial sweeteners when they’re on a keto diet. For some, it’s due to allergies. For others, they prefer more natural alternatives. Either way, you don’t need to give up your sweet tooth if you’re giving up artificial sweeteners!
To satisfy your sweet cravings without artificial sweeteners, consider zero-carb natural alternatives such as:
- Sorbitol, a sugar alcohol that has no little to no effect on blood sugar levels
- Erythritol, a sugar alcohol that has only 5% of the calories of sugar but 70% of the sweetness (it also gets excreted in your urine)
- Stevia, a natural plant-based sweetener with a glycemic index of zero so it won’t sabotage ketosis
- Monk fruit sweetener, made from a tropical fruit but containing zero sugar
It’s also important to note that after a few weeks on a keto diet, most people report that they crave sugar and carbs less and less.