Sweeteners for the Whole Approach Diet

Wondering what sweeteners are acceptable for the candida diet?

 

Here is some information on healthier alternatives to refined sugars that are suitable for the Whole Approach diet because they do not feed candida. This link takes you to all the acceptable, candida safe sweeteners on the Whole Approach store page.

 

Stevia
 

Stevia is a natural herbal sweetener that is approximately 100 times sweeter than sugar. It has a faint licorice-like flavor. One teaspoon of white powder stevia has the same sweetening power as 24 cups of sugar and contains only 8 calories. Stevia does not trigger a rise in blood sugar levels and is an acceptable sweetener while on the CRC control diet. Stevia is available in most health food store and on the internet but many sources are extracted with chemicals and then diluted with additives. The stevia extract powder sold at the Whole Approach store is extracted without solvents and packaged without additives.

Stevia is stable at any temperature and is useful for sweetening beverages, cereals and baked products. Typically no more than ¼ teaspoon of the powder extract is needed to sweeten a whole recipe. Use cautiously, as adding too much stevia to a recipe can make it bitter. There are some book recommendations on our site that contain recipes using stevia.

“The Body Ecology” diet recommends mixing the white powder with water before using. Since the powder is so potent, most people use too much and find it’s too sweet for them. One way to dispense stevia in a more controlled way is with a small salt shaker with a standard metal lid. I label the measurement of a single shake as a "shake" in recipes.

 

It’s also easy to experiment with the stevia in liquid form. To make liquid stevia, dissolve 1 tsp white stevia powder into 3 Tbsp filtered water. The white powder may stick to the spoon but will soon dissolve. Pour this concentrate into a small bottle with a dropper top and refrigerate it to increase its shelf life. One teaspoon of this liquid solution will equal approximately one cup of sugar.

 

Stevia is a natural herbal sweetener that is approximately 100 times sweeter than sugar. It has a faint licorice-like flavor. One teaspoon of white powder stevia has the same sweetening power as 24 cups of sugar and contains only 8 calories. Stevia does not trigger a rise in blood sugar levels and is an acceptable sweetener while on the CRC control diet. Stevia is available in most health food store and on the internet.

Stevia is stable at any temperature and is useful for sweetening beverages, cereals and baked products. Typically no more than ¼ teaspoon of the powder extract is needed to sweeten a whole recipe. Use cautiously, as adding too much stevia to a recipe can make it bitter. There are some book recommendations on our site that contain recipes using stevia.

“The Body Ecology” diet recommends mixing the white powder with water before using. Since the powder is so potent, most people use too much and find it’s too sweet for them. One way to dispense stevia is with a small salt shaker with a standard metal lid. I measure this in recipes by the 'shake.' It’s also easy to experiment with the stevia in liquid form. To make liquid stevia, dissolve 1 tsp white stevia powder into 3 Tbsp filtered water. The white powder may stick to the spoon but will soon dissolve. Pour this concentrate into a small bottle with a dropper top and refrigerate it to increase its shelf life. One teaspoon of this liquid solution will equal approximately one cup of sugar.

 

Yacon Syrup

Fresh pressed from the Yacon root (Smallanthus sonchifolius), this syrup is a gift from nature that has been enjoyed for centuries in the Andean highlands of Peru.It is a dark, delicious syrup that tastes a bit like a cross between molasses and fruit syrup.Though packed with sweetness, the sugar in Yacon is mainly fructooligosaccharide, a type of inulin, which cannot be absorbed by the body. This means Yacon is both naturally low-calorie and low in mono and disaccharides (less than 1 gram per serving of the sugars that rapidly elevate blood sugar levels). Yacon root syrup has little influence on the glucose tolerance curve and is dramatically less glycemic than honey, agave, or maple syrup.The naturally occurring inulin is also good for the digestive system, acting like a mild pre-biotic (a substance that nourishes beneficial intestinal bacteria.)

 

Raw Organic Inulin

Certified Organic Agave Inulin Powder is pure inulin, crucial for the creation of a full polysaccharide spectrum. A balancing sweetener with its low glycemic index, inulin is a super fiber which acts as a prebiotic in the intestinal tract, providing an essential component for optimal gut health. Can be mixed NuNaturals Stevia powder for spoonable Stevia (see below). Sustainably farmed on the fields surrounding Tequila, Mexico, FSF Agave Inulin Powder is unmistakably pure. It is extracted from 100% Organic Blue Agave plants. It is a natural source of inulin, has a low-glycemic index and is a healthy alternative to sugar, honey, or other sweeteners. Use in teas, smoothies, desserts, yogurts, on top of cereals, in lemonade or wherever you need a mild sweet addition.

 

Vegetable Glycerin
Vegetable glycerin is another acceptable sweetener. 100% pure vegetable glycerin is derived from coconut oil and contains no carbohydrate or cholesterol. Vegetable glycerin is the consistency of corn syrup and can be used in baking and cooking. When heated, however, vegetable glycerin loses some of its sweetness. Please look for one hundred percent food grade vegetable glycerin and for those of you with allergies, be aware that in most cases, it is either sourced from corn or coconut.


Yacon Syrup

Inulin powder from agave

stevia and inulin and how to use them:

Stevia - Nunaturals brand

  

Vegetable Glycerin
Vegetable glycerin is another acceptable sweetener though it's highly processed and would be best used on an occasional basis only. 100% pure vegetable glycerin is derived from coconut oil and contains no carbohydrate or cholesterol. Vegetable glycerin is the consistency of corn syrup and can be used in baking and cooking. When heated, however, vegetable glycerin loses some of its sweetness and it does tend to smoke a bit when cooking. Please look for one hundred percent food grade vegetable glycerin and for those of you with allergies, be aware that in most cases, it is either sourced from corn or coconut.

The following sweeteners are available in the Whole Approach store.

Yacon Syrup

Inulin powder from agave

stevia and inulin and how to use them:

Stevia - Nunaturals brand

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