“Natural” sweeteners


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If you have been following along so far, you will notice that I have not posted any dessert recipes. Initially, I wanted to radically reduce my sugar intake, and so I decided to just focus on the many amazingly tasty and filling savory LCHF and Ketogenic options available to me. This has worked for a good long while. I enjoy my slightly sweet (half banana) smoothie in the morning, and sometimes after a meal when I want something sweet, I will have two or three dark chocolate covered almonds. These work well and don’t add too much to my carb count for the day.

But there are some other favorite sweet foods that I have been missing lately… Once in awhile I feel like I would like to have a little something different on the sweet side after dinner. I thought that I might still be able to enjoy some of these dessert recipes made with artificial sweetener as so many seem to be doing successfully.

Once again the web provided a whole bunch of information. After puzzling through it all, I decided to try to make an egg custard using Truvia instead of sugar.

Unfortunately, I have learned the hard way that I do not tolerate Truvia! The day after I ate one of the custards, I developed a bitter, metallic taste in my mouth that lasted for two days and just would not go away. It ruined the taste of everything else I ate. I also had some gastric distress for a full day afterwards. All this after ingesting only 2 Tablespoons at the most (I also tried some in my coffee that first morning)!

So, now I know. I’m hesitant to try anything else, since I am apparently more sensitive than the average person to this type of “food.” MM tried some as well in his coffee and in the remaining custards. It took him 3-4 days to develop the metallic taste, but he also had that issue with it. We tossed the rest.

Maybe I can figure out how to occasionally add a small amount of natural sugar to a dessert without pushing the carbs up too much? I know that could be a slippery slope, so I will have to treat it as an experiment within this greater experiment. At the end of the day, this needs to be a sustainable lifestyle and not a “diet.” So I am going to try and see how it goes.

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Please note: I am not a doctor or nutritionist. While this LCHF and ketogenic diet experiment has worked well for me so far, your mileage may vary. This diet needs to be balanced correctly, in order to avoid potential side effects. It is always a good idea to discuss any major health decisions with your doctor before getting started.



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