BANTING SWEETENERS

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Our green list sweeteners offer a way for 'sugar addicts' to wean themselves off of sugar. They massage the brain's 'Bliss Point' without overloading the body with carbohydrates.

It's important to understand that the sweeteners in this category should only be an interim solution. The full exclusion of sweeteners and sugars from your diet should remain the ultimate goal.

When artificial sweeteners stimulate our 'sweet' receptors in the oesophagus and stomach, our pancreas anticipates a flood of 'energy' and releases insulin. As any good Banter knows, insulin is an important hormone for accumulating body fat and, without any actual sugar to regulate, the released insulin is stored. The result? You may be left feeling even hungrier, which can lead to weight gain.

Erythritol and Xylitol are both sugar alcohols. That is, they're alcohols derived from sugar and devoid of ethanol (the stuff that makes you drunk). Sugar alcohols occur naturally and the structure of their molecules means that they stimulate our 'sweet' receptors without overloading us with calories. Erythritol, for example, has only 6% of the calories of table sugar, but still has 70% of the sweetness! What's more, these sugar alcohols won't spike your blood sugar or insulin levels. The other sugar substitute in our green list is Stevia. This natural herb is about 300 times sweeter than sugar and has absolutely no calories.