“Erythritol is a natural tetritol produced by the fermentation of carbohydrates and subsequent crystallisation as meso-erythritol
Ceridex 16955 - Crystalline erythritol”
Technically this sweetener is a natural sourced - chemical sweetener. It is made by a pharmaceutical company that also produces xylitol, mannitol, isomalt, sorbitol and maltitol - all chemically produced, sugar free sweeteners.
It is a sugar alcohol made from fermentation of corn. Both the corn and yeast used to ferment it are most likely genetically engineered which makes it an undesirable sweetener in my opinion. There is more information on GMO issues in the resource section of the forum.
I'm pretty sure you're already aware of the products we use here but we did just get a brand new raw, organic yacon syrup in stock! Here is a link to the sweeteners in the Whole Approach store:
As for the rutabaga, yes you can eat this unlimited. It only has 50 calories per cup however so it would only help you gain weight if you smothered it in ghee or olive oil or coconut oil.
I recommend doing some calorie counting of your favourite OK foods so that you know the ones to steer towards for higher calorie intake. The Nutritional Almanac is a good resource for checking out counts of some of the healthy whole foods we encourage here.
Soaked/sprouted seeds and nuts, oils, olives, quinoa (limit), rice (limit), avocados, meat, eggs and beans are some of the higher calorie choices you might include. When you eat nut butters or eggs or meat, these are high calorie but they can be among the more acid producing and mucous producing of the high calorie foods so make sure you eat ample veggies along with them.
I hope this information is helpful to you. Take good care,
Yacon syrup has a very high percentage of undigestible, naturally occurring sugars. It is a human modification that is a very gentle processing solution to maximize a very good food from Nature. There is no food like it available anywhere as far as I know.
Some people have to work up to higher levels of these elements in their diet (It's a pre-biotic that feeds beneficial gut organisms but it also takes some getting used to with a gradual increase in intake just like inulin powder does.) If you suffer from serious sweet cravings, hopefully, because this will have very little impact on your blood sugar, you can enjoy this as a treat without having cravings triggered. If it is just the sweet flavour that triggers you then you may have a carving from eating the safest sweetener. And, like any food or supplement, when you are sensitive and healing, it's important to listen to your body about how you respond to any new food or natural medicine.
The yacon syrup in the Whole Approach store is the best I've ever tasted and I'm thrilled to be able to offer you this high quality, delectable treat that you can incorporate into your food therapy program as it feels appropriate for you.